Jessica Fletcher

Playwright

Jessica received her BA in Theatre Arts from UC Santa Barbara where she won the Corwin Award for her original play, Spontaneous Combustion. In 2006, Jessica earned her Masters in Scriptwriting at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Jess has been an active contributor to her local theatre and film communities as a stage manager, director, actor and scriptwriter since 2011. Most recently, she was the screenwriter for Curtain Up: The Life and Rebirth of the Cascade Theatre, that debuted in September of 2018. She is a part-time Theatre Professor at Shasta College (Redding, CA) teaching Script Analysis and Playwriting and Acting I and II. She created and organized a bi-annual public reading of students' original written works: SCOPE (Shasta College Original Plays Experiment). Jessica’s most treasured role offstage is wife to her ruggedly handsome husband, Adam, and mom of two overly active tiny humans, Arwyn and Everett.

 

Highlights

WRITING:

2004 - USA Young Playwright Delegate - Intl. Young Playwrights Festival (AUS)

2004 - Spontaneous Combustion - UCSB New Plays Festival Playwright (Corwin Award Winner - Best One Act

2005 - One More Night - Otago Fringe Festival (Dunedin, NZ)

2006 - Two Little Blackbirds - Full Length Play, MA Thesis (Wellington, NZ)

2012-2016 - Cascade Christmas - Cascade Theatre Full Length (Redding, CA)

2018 - Curtain Up: The Life and Rebirth of the Cascade Theatre - Documentary

SCHOOL/TRAINING:

2005 - BA Theatre Arts (Honors) - UC Santa Barbara

2006 - MA Creative Writing/Scriptwriting (Merit) - VUW, New Zealand

TRAINING
McKinleyville High School—Linda Agliolo: Acting Coach/ Voice Coach/ Movement Coach
Carol Rider, Voice Coach
Ferndale Reparatory Theatre—Ferndale, Ca
Humboldt Light Opera—Eureka, Ca
Arcata Follies Theatre—Arcata, Ca
North Coast Reparatory Theatre—Movement/ Improvisation Workshop
University of California, Santa Barbara—Bachelor of Arts, Dramatic Art
UCSB BFA Acting—Acting Coach Judith Olausen
UCSB BFA Directing—Directing Professor Irwin Apple
UCSB Acting/Directing Student Productions—Jason Davids Scott
University of Otago— Acting Coaches Lisa Warrington, Hillary Halba, Trevor Deaker
Creative Writing—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand—Ken Duncum
Westside Performing Arts Company—Redding, Ca

WORKSHOPS—Special Training
Jason Davids Scott—Acting/Improv/Directing
Anna Deavere Smith-Writing/Creating a 'One Person Show'
Anne Bogart (and her students from Columbia University)-Viewpoints/Suzuki
John Cleese—Shakespeare
Kathy Bates/James Donlon—Movement/Commedia Del Arte
Irwin Apple—Directing/Theatre Management
Philippa Boyens—Scriptwriting