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Award-winning writer for stage and screen. Currently: Hampstead Theatre INSPIRE programme & alumni of Soho Theatre Writers' Lab

For Stage

This Little Earth 

Arcola Theatre, 2019

Long-listed for the Women's Prize for Playwriting 2021

In development supported by Arts Council England.


Long-listed for The Women's Prize for Playwriting 2020 & shortlisted for the 2019 Papatango Award


Hampstead Theatre, In development as part of INSPIRE Writers Programme 2022

For Screen

Embraceable You

Lockdown Lives Shorts, dir. Ben Caplan, 2020 

Winner, Best Isolation Short, LA Motion Picture Festival 2020

Love in Lockdown 

Kick It Down Productions, 2020

TV Pilots Unremembered and Office Bitch

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I have nine years' experience as a creative producer, making innovative new work & consulting for the UK's leading theatres and production companies across live & digital formats.

Recent clients include: UK Antarctic Heritage Trust, Lewisham Borough of Culture 2022, Complicité Theatre Company.

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.

Previously, I 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

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I'm also dramaturg and script-reader for theatre.

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 Warehouse, Stage EntertainmentChichester 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. 



What They’re Saying

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



If you have a project or just want to connect please get in touch!

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