Jessica Almasy

Co-Founder/Writer/Performer

Jessica Almasy is an actress, writer, teacher, director, producer, and waitress. In 2017, with Ann Marie Dorr, she cofounded, cocurated, and coproduced American AF, an urgent pop-up festival centering black, brown, queer, trans, indigenous, alternately able-bodied, and politically radical voices. Select NYC theatre credits: Uncommon Sense (Tectonic), … Great Lakes (Kate Benson / New Georges / Women’s Project), Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova / Signature), Danger Signals (Built For Collapse), Enjoy (Okada / Play Company), WarLesbian and Memory Retrogade (Harunalee / BAX / Under the Radar), Untitled American Flag Project, a collaboration with her son Benjamin and writer William Burke (The Brick). She is a cofounding member of the TEAM and has performed with the company since 2004. Select NY playwriting and directing credits: tiger tiger (on the nature of violence) (Dixon Place, commission), Le Balcon (JACK), and new works at Little Theatre, NYU, Brooklyn College, and The Bushwick Starr Reading Series. Jess is the narrator of over 250 audiobooks written predominantly by women and has appeared in independent cinema, television, radio, and commercials. She is currently lead artist and director on The Woman Destroyed, or, How to Get Punched in the Face, part memoir / part alien feminist seance, loosely based on the writings and relationship of Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Logistically focused on establishing a new precedent for working class mothers, single mothers, and their children to receive supported, process-oriented access to work inclusive of both their artistry and families, The Woman Destroyed will be as much an art event as it is a proposal for comprehensive female-centered reform in theatre practice. Jess is also the director of Jill Frutkin’s infrared conversation play, An Exit Ticket, in the inaugural season of Petri Projects, the development of new independent works led by individual artists within the TEAM. A series of her landscape stories will be interpreted and staged by artist Andrew Ondrejcak premiering in New Orleans, spring 2019.