Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer. She is most interested in work driven by history, research, community, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Her projects include AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, Chautauqua Theater Company, American Antiquarian Society Fellowship), IN HER BONES (2020 Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Nia (dir. Sarah Wansley, the Drama League), WILD HOME: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY (with Notch Theatre Company), THE DEATH OF DESERT ROSE (with Elliah Heifetz, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship), and LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT (dir. Michael Bello, the Great Hall at Cooper Union).
Her writing has been developed and presented at Roundabout Theatre Company, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, (le) Poisson Rouge, Musical Theatre Factory, Village Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, the Drama League, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. She is currently a 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, and has previously been the recipient of the Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts, an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative Artists and Writers, Writer-in-Residence at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and held creative residencies at Denver University (Arts & Humanities Marsico Visiting Scholar), the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Powered by Off-Center), the Chautauqua Institution, UCROSS Foundation, and Taft-Nicholson Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Dramaturgical work includes new play/musical development Off-Broadway (SAFEWORD., WE ARE THE TIGERS) in NYC (the Cooper Union, Life Jacket Theatre Company), and regionally (the Athena Project, Creede Repertory Theatre), as well as TV research for Bungalow Media and Entertainment and AMC/Sundance Networks. She is currently Co-Regional Vice President of the Mountain West and NYC Metro Region for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA).
In New York, Jessica has performed at New York Theatre Barn, National Sawdust, (le) Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, the Bushwick Starr, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), among others, and regionally at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Henry Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Musical), Theatre Aspen, American Stage Theatre Company, University at Buffalo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Lake Dillon Theatre Company and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.
She previously served as Director of Marketing and Communications for Creede Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Detroit Public Theatre. Currently: Social Media for New Georges, Director of Communications and Community Outreach for Notch Theatre Company.
Proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA), the Dramatists Guild of America, and Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Graduate of Northwestern University.