Jessica is a graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program and The Juilliard School. She was a Tennessee Williams Fellow at The University of the South, a recipient of The Le Compte de Nouy stipend, the first annual Helen Merrill Award, and a 2000 Berrilla Kerr Foundation Award. She has been a resident at New River Dramatists, a member of PENAmericanCenter. Jessica is also a teacher with Spoken Interludes working with girls in the Dorthy Kirby Juvenille Detention Center. Get What You Need was commissioned by The Atlantic Theater Company (NY). Other Plays: Sex Parasite which received a grant from the NEA, and recently premiered at The Mark Taper Forum’s Taper TOO; Good Thing The Mark Taper Forum Taper TOO (LA), The New Group (NY). Refuge premiered at Playwrights’ Horizons, won the 1999 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has had many subsequent productions including The Schaubuhne (West Berlin); The Hologram Theory, and Stuck. She recently completed a play, The Unbearable Truth for inner-city youth in East Los Angeles. Her plays have been translated into German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Catalan; and are published by Dramatists Play Service Inc., Vintage Press and Smith & Krauss. Jessica’s film Hungry Girl is currently in development with Fox/Phillips. She is currently writing a film for Focus Features.