I'm an award-winning writer for stage and screen. I'm currently part of the Hampstead Theatre INSPIRE programme & I'm an alumni of Soho Theatre Writers' Lab
THIS LITTLE EARTH
Arcola Theatre, 2019
Shortlisted for Originals Playwriting Prize 2022 & 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
Lockdown Lives Shorts, dir. Ben Caplan, 2020
Winner, Best Isolation Short, LA Motion Picture Festival 2020
Kick It Down Productions, 2020
TV Pilots Unremembered and Office Bitch
I have nine years' experience as a creative producer, creating & producing innovative new work 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.
DRAMATURGY & SCRIPT READING
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 Entertainment, Chichester 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.
Jessie is a patient and supportive dramaturg, great at giving creative and pragmatic notes.
Jessie is lovely and whip-smart. Her generous dramaturgy will help you fulfil your vision for even the most challenging play.