Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer with a specialty in research-driven storytelling. Her projects include AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, upcoming Space Jam Residency with Roundabout Theatre Company/Bucks County Playhouse and New Play Workshop at Chautauqua Theater Company), IN HER BONES (Denver Center for the Performing Arts, “Powered By Off-Center” Residency, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre Residency), NIA (with Sarah Wansley and Tommy Crawford, Drama League “First Stage” Residency), WILD HOME: AN AMERICAN THEATRE ODYSSEY (with Ashley Teague and Notch Theatre Company), THE DEATH OF DESERT ROSE (with Elliah Heifetz, Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellowship), and LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT (with Michael Bello, premiered at the Cooper Union).
Her work has been developed and presented at Village Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Bucks County Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, the Drama League, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Ars Nova ANT FEST, Musical Theatre Factory, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. She is currently 2019 Season Writer-in-Residence at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre and a 2019-2020 Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellow. Previously, she has been the 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 the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, 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 and regionally, with the Cooper Union, Life Jacket Theatre Company, the Athena Project, Creede Repertory Theatre, as well as research for Bungalow Media and Entertainment and AMC/Sundance. She is currently Regional Vice President of the Rocky Mountain 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 for Creede Repertory Theatre, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Detroit Public Theatre. Currently: Social Media for New Georges. Proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA), and the Dramatists Guild of America. Graduate of Northwestern University.