Jessika Malone is a maker of theatre and many manners of meaningful connection hailing from her hometown of Nashville, TN. She is the Producing Director of Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas. She is a proud producer on the Live in America festival and the Founding Creative Director of Kindling Arts Festival.
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].
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, 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.