JESSICA Kahkoska - musical book writer, playwright, and Dramaturg
Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer. Her projects include AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, 2019 Roundabout Space Jam Residency at Bucks County Playhouse, New Play Workshop at Chautauqua Theater Company, American Antiquarian Society Fellowship), IN HER BONES (Denver Center for the Performing Arts “Powered by Off-Center” residency, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre 2019 Writer-in-Residence), NIA (with Sarah Wansley, Drama League workshop) WILD HOME: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY (with Notch Theatre Company), THE DEATH OF DESERT ROSE (with Elliah Heifetz, Dramatist Guild Foundation Fellowship), and LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT (with Michael Bello, premiered in the Great Hall at Cooper Union, Spring 2019 Public Programming).
Her work has been developed and presented at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, (le) Poisson Rouge, Village Theatre, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Bucks County Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, the Drama League, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. She is currently a 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, and has been a previous recipient of the Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts, the American Antiquarian Society Fellowship for Creative Artists and Writers, a NET/TEN Exchange Grant, and creative residencies at the Barn Arts Collective, Chautauqua Institution, UCROSS Foundation, and Taft-Nicholson Center for the Arts and Humanities.
Dramaturgical work includes new play/musical development Off-Broadway (SAFEWORD., WE ARE THE TIGERS) in NYC (the Cooper Union, Life Jacket Theatre Company), and regionally (the Athena Project, Creede Repertory Theatre), as well as TV research for Bungalow Media and Entertainment and AMC/Sundance Networks. She is currently Co-Regional Vice President of the Mountain West and NYC Metro Region for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA).
In New York, Jessica has performed at New York Theatre Barn, National Sawdust, (le) Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, the Bushwick Starr, and the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), among others, and regionally at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (Colorado Henry Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Musical), Theatre Aspen, American Stage Theatre Company, University at Buffalo Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Lake Dillon Theatre Company and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. Graduate of Northwestern University.
Actors Equity Association