Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer. Her projects include AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, 2019 Roundabout Space Jam Residency, New Play Workshop at Chautauqua Theater Company, American Antiquarian Society Fellowship), IN HER BONES (2020 Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center for the Performing Arts “Powered by Off-Center” residency, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre), NIA (dir. Sarah Wansley, Drama League workshop), 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, premiered in the Great Hall at Cooper Union).
Her work has been developed and presented at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, (le) Poisson Rouge, Village Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, Musical Theatre Factory, the Drama League, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. She is currently a 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, 2019 Writer-in-Residence at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and has been a previous recipient of the Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts, the American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative Artists and Writers, a NET/TEN Exchange Grant, and creative residencies at Denver University (Arts & Humanities Marsico Visiting Scholar), Barn Arts Collective, 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 Marketing and Community Outreach for Notch Theatre Company.
Proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA), and the Dramatists Guild of America. Graduate of Northwestern University.