Jessica fell into improv through the zany and heartfelt training of the nationally acclaimed improv troupe The Dead Parrots Society. To this day they still reign at Western Washington University, in beautiful Bellingham, WA. Their fascination for creating longform narrative styles became the core of Jessica’s performance. The Dead Parrots Society allowed her to learn from artists such as mime Bill Bowers, stunt trainer David Boushey, and Chicago’s own Jonathan Pitts. An acting career move to New York fostered opportunities to train with The Pit and The Upright Citizens Brigade.
Later, another such move would land her back on the West Coast as a Mainstage player at Ryan Stiles: The Upfront Theatre. Connecting back with the NW meant education from JetCity in Seattle, collaborations with Instant Theatre Company in Canada, and teaching. The world of improv is delightfully interconnected.
While training students at Improv Camp in Canada, she met some amazing humans from Dad’s Garage, and learned of the magic that is Atlanta. But it was not yet to be! As a film actress her career enticed her to Los Angeles, where she trained at Groundlings and performed at iO West. And then…A career move took her once again across the country, this time to Atlanta! She found a vibrant improv community, and a new family at The Village Theatre with the incomparable team Chalk Outline. She now performs regularly in Danger! The Show with her house team Classic Debra.