jessica bashline - director
Jessica is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Strange Sun Theater, a theater company in New York City dedicated to creating magical new theater that ignites in audiences and artists, the power of possibility. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at NYU, teaching acting and musical theater scene study in the Steinhardt Vocal Performance program.
Jessica works primarily as a freelance theater director. Her favorite credits include: Loving Repeating (NYC Premiere), Life of the Party (NYU-Premiere Production of Larry O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin’s new musical), at NYU Steinhardt Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, with Strange Sun Closer Than You Think (World Premiere), The Drowning Girls (NYC Premiere).
As a playwright Jessica has written two full length pieces: Wickedest Woman, the story of Ann Lohman, midwife and abortionist in the 1800’s in NYC (Production NYC January 2019, Finalist at Scrap Mettle Arts Playwrights Festival). and Garden of Memories, the story of siblings dealing with the loss of their mother and the acceptance of their past (Runner Up W. Keith Hedrick Award at HRC Showcase Theater and Semi-Finalist, Trustus New Playwrights Festival 2016).
In addition to her work as a director and playwright, Jessica is an accomplished acting coach, focusing primarily on audition coaching and musical theater work. Jessica has a BFA in Acting from Boston University and an MFA from Goddard College.