Jessica Fisch is a freelance director and teaching artist, based in Chicago. She is dedicated to developing new plays and reinterpretations of classic texts. She has had the privilege of working on and developing new work with companies such as, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Playwrights' Center Minneapolis, Public Theater's Emerging Writer's Group, and Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngbloods.
Jessica recieved her MFA in Directing from Northwestern University. Her credits at Northwestern included a site-specific production of Caryl Churchill's Far Away in a pair of abandoned retail spaces, and the expressionistic American classic, Machinal.
Prior to moving to Chicago, Jessica lived in New York City where she was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Down Payment Productions (DPP), a company committed to the development of new work. During her tenure, DPP produced three World Premieres, Two New York Premieres, and countless readings and workshops. The Redheaded Man, which she directed, played the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival to rave reviews, and was one of only eight shows that extended Off-Broadway to the Barrow Street Theater as part of the FringeEncores Series. The play Pink!, which Jessica produced, was nominated for seven Innovative Theater Awards and was optioned for a feature film. She directed the New York premiere of The Realm, which enjoyed a successful three-week run at the curated Wild Project Theater in NYC.
Jessica was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theater, the 2008-2009 Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
Twilight Bowl by Rebecca Gilman
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago, IL
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan
Windy City Playhouse, Chicago, IL