Producing and New Works Development

Jesse serves as the Artistic Associate at The House Theater of Chicago, where she manages all New Works Development activities and participates in programming and institutional conversations and decisions. In this role, she also runs the House’s collaboration with the Chicago Performance Lab, a collaboration between the University of Chicago’s Theatre and Performance Studies Program and The House focusing on projects at the intersection of story and stagecraft. Through these programs, she produces workshops and readings of over 15 new projects in varying stages of development each year.

Jesse also serves as the Literary Manager at First Floor Theater, where she specializes in creating a midwest home for nationally emerging playwrights. At First Floor, she participates in the season-planning process, reads and researches potential plays, and produces new play readings, workshops, and festivals.

She is always looking for new artists or projects to introduce to both First Floor and The House. Please reach out to her with any inquiries.