Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer. Writing projects include DISCOUNT GHOST STORIES (with Alexander Sage Oyen, upcoming production at Local Theater Company), AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, recipient of the Marion International Fellowship for the Performing Arts and American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative Artists), UNTITLED CRYPTO-JEWISH PROJECT (Denver Center for the Performing Arts, “Powered By Off-Center” Residency), NIA (with Sarah Wansley and Tommy Crawford), and TOO WILD TO DRILL (with Ashley Teague and the Wilderness Society).
Her writing has been developed and presented at Village Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Local Theater Company, the Drama League, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Ars Nova ANT FEST, (le) Poisson Rouge, Musical Theatre Factory, North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, and SUNY Fredonia. She is the recipient of the Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts, the American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers, 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 at the Cooper Union, Local Theater Company, Life Jacket Theatre Company, Creede Repertory Theatre, and research for Bungalow Media and Entertainment and AMC/Sundance. She is currently Regional Vice President of the Rocky Mountain/Butte Region for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA).
In New York, she has performed at New York Theatre Barn, National Sawdust, (le) Poisson Rouge, 54 Below, 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: Artistic Associate at Local Theater Company in Boulder, Colorado. Graduate of Northwestern University.