Jessica Kahkoska

Playwright Librettist

Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer. Her projects include AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, 2019 Chautauqua Theater Company), IN HER BONES (2020 Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center for the Performing Arts), THE DEATH OF DESERT ROSE (with Elliah Heifetz, 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, SBR Productions Commission), NIA (dir. Sarah Wansley, New Light Theatre Company), WILD HOME: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY (Notch Theatre Company), and LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT (dir. Michael Bello, upcoming: Berkshire Theatre Group). Her writing has been developed and presented at Roundabout Theatre Company, Ars Nova ANT Fest, The Cooper Union, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, (le) Poisson Rouge, New York Theatre Barn, Musical Theatre Factory, Village Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Chautauqua Theater Company, the Drama League, Phoenix Theatre Company, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition. She is currently a 2019-2020 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, and has previously been the recipient of the Marion International Fellowship for the Performing Arts, an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, Writer-in-Residence at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and held creative residencies at Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Denver University (Arts & Humanities Marsico Visiting Scholar), the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Powered by Off-Center), the Chautauqua Institution, and UCROSS Foundation.

 Dramaturgical work includes new play/musical development Off-Broadway (SAFEWORD., WE ARE THE TIGERS) in NYC (SALAAM MEDINA dir. Raja Feather Kelly, THREETIMESFAST dir. Michael Bello), and regionally (the Athena Project, Creede Repertory Theatre). Curatorially, she has developed “Tune-in Tuesday” phone concerts for NYC Elders (with Laura Nova, NYC Department of Aging/Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) and received the inaugural 3x3 Collaborations from Isolation grant from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (with Anita Rodriguez and Miguel Gandert).She is currently Co-Regional Vice President of the Mountain West and NYC Metro Region for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA). Graduate of Northwestern University.