Jess is a Chicago-based director & teacher. Chicago credits include in a word (Strawdog Theatre), For Your Art: portrait of a young blu artist (Chicago Voices/Lyric Opera), and The Pajama Game (The Music Theatre Company). Jess has workshopped new plays or musicals at the Goodman Theatre, ATC, Steep Theatre, and AMTP. She served as the Director of Programming of The New York Musical Theatre Festival from 2005-08, Co-Artistic Director of The Music Theatre Company from 2014-15, and earned her M.F.A. in Directing at Northwestern University. She is currently developing a new musical called Mill Girls with fellow Storycatchers teaching artist Diana Lawrence and playwright Samantha Beach.