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Writer for stage and screen.

My plays include: Wilding (long-listed for The Women's Prize for Playwriting 2020 and shortlisted for the 2019 Papatango Award) and This Little Earth (Arcola Theatre/in development supported by Arts Council England).

Screen and audio drama projects include: Love in Lockdown (Kick It Down Productions), Embraceable You (Lockdown Lives Shorts, dir. Ben Caplan - Best Isolation Short, LA Motion Picture Festival 2020) and TV Pilots Unremembered and Office Bitch.



Podcasts. Theatre. Live Events.

I have seven years' experience making work for the UK's leading theatres and production companies. 

Current projects include: A Voyage to Antarctica a new podcast for the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust as part of their Antarctica In Sight programme. 

Before that, I was Creative Development Associate at The Old Vic where I developed new work for the theatre, including: the One Voice monologue series, working closely with artists including Russell Brand, Maxine Peake, Lolita Chakrabarti and Adrian Lester; and the Voices Off talks programme.

I also worked at Sonia Friedman Productions on over ten musicals and plays in under two years, including the development of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

On stage with Dr Jane Goodall at The Old Vic
Notebook and Pen


I'm a dramaturg and script-reader. As well as four years' experience establishing and running The Old Vic's literary department, I've delivered dramaturgy and literary support to  The Donmar WarehouseChichester Festival Theatre, The RSC and The Bush. Freelance projects include the Olivier-nominated The Phlebotomist by Ella Road (Hampstead Theatre) and, while at Sonia Friedman Productions, I supported the development of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I offer a tailored service and competitive pricing to writers looking to develop their work. This could be a one-off read, or more sustained dramaturgical support. 


"Jessie is absolutely brilliant. Incredibly supportive and insightful. I couldn't recommend working with her enough."  - Charlie Fink 

"Jessie is a patient and supportive dramaturg, great at giving creative and pragmatic notes." - Matilda Ibini 

"Jessie is lovely and whip-smart. Her generous dramaturgy will help you fulfil your vision for even the most challenging play" - Tom Wright



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