Jessika Malone is a maker of theatre and many manners of meaningful connection hailing from her hometown of Nashville, TN (Music City, USA).
As a producer, director, deviser, teacher, and community organizer, she seeks to create catalytic experiences that inspire radical personal and social change. She has been named a “serious theatrical talent” by The Nashville Scene and productions under her direction have been hailed as “fascinating and mesmerizing” [Broadway World] and “guaranteed to keep you talking long after the lights come up” [The Tennessean] as well as “guaranteed to provide an experience that will last way beyond the current season. Maybe well on into the century” [Nashville Scene].
Her approach to creation emphasizes emotional authenticity and embraces the power of ensembleship to cultivate meaningful community in unexpected spaces and forgotten places. She has produced classic and original works in parks and prisons, recreation and detention centers. She has been named as one of First Night’s “Unsung Heroes of Nashville Theatre” and an emerging leader to watch by the Nashville Scene for introducing “innovative” and “progressive new ideas to Music City’s theatrical culture.”
She is a co-founder of the Sideshow Fringe Festival and previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble. She received her MFA in directing from The School of Theatre & Dance at Illinois State University [MFA Thesis: Alice In Wonderland, Mask & Hammer Award Best Direction + Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble] and her BA in Theatre from Belmont University [CVPA Most Outstanding Graduate In Theatre].
She has twice served as a Fred Coe Artist-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University [directing Will Eno's Gnit and Sarah Ruhl's Orlando]. Her most recent work includes collaborating with her friend and frequent co-conspirator, Tori Keenan-Zelt directing Tori's new play, SEPH with the ARACA Project [www.sephtheplay.com] in NYC.
HAUNTED [www.hauntedproject.com], the world premiere site specific immersive performance response to the deadliest train crash in American History, was named Nashville's Theatrical Event of the Year for 2017.