Jessica is a professionally trained actor from Cork, with Kerry roots. She trained at The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and was mentored by Screenwriter & Author Stefanie Preissner (Can’t Cope Won’t Cope). Jessica has been writing and creating her own work since graduating in 2017. Her debut play ‘Two Of Clubs’ ran for two weeks at Theatre Upstairs, Dublin in December 2017 and went on to play at the 2018 Listowel Writers Week, and Cork Arts Theatre for the Cork Jazz Festival 2018. Her second play ‘Waiting For Wifi’ was part of CorcaDorca’s SHOW 2019 at the Triskel Development Centre, and was commissioned to debut at the 2020 Cork Midsummer Festival. Jessica has also trained with Theatre Lovett, as well as with Raymond Keane in Clowning.
Jessica wrote, directed, produced and starred in her debut short film ‘Bronagh’ in 2020 which she shot in London and went into post-production with remotely in Ireland. Bronagh has played at 20 festivals internationally, including prestigious the Irish Film Festivals; Cork International Film Festival; Kerry International Film Festival, and Foyle Film Festival. The debut film has won four awards; Best First Time Female Director, Best Narrative Short, Best Short Film, and Best Editing. Jessica’s second short film, supported by Cork City Arts Council, is being produced in 2021. Her most recent TV acting role was ‘Cassie’s Mum’ in the BBC Dublin Murders. In 2020 Jessica also wrote, directed and produced four concept music videos in 2020 for Irish artists Emma Langford, Rowan and James Or. She is currently doing a Master’s Degree in Screenwriting for Film & Television at The National Film School (IADT).
Jessica has a BA in Journalism & New Media from the University of Limerick. She spent a year in Budapest, Hungary as part of her degree where she studied Hungarian Film & Radio. She currently works as a news broadcaster with Cork’s 96Fm & C103. She also works with The Law Society of Ireland Blackhall Place, and Kings Inn College, as a roleplaying actor. Jessica also has vast experience in teaching. She has facilitated Leaving and Junior Certificate Shakespeare workshops both freelance and with The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. She taught performance and improvisation to Transition Year Students as Santa Sabina Dominican College in Sutton, as well as being a Children’s Drama, Dance & Singing instructor at the Brennan Academy of Performing Arts.