Jessika Malone is a maker of theatre and many forms of well-meaning mischief hailing from her hometown of Nashville, TN.
She is the Associate Artistic Director of the Actors Bridge Ensemble and the Co-Founder and Program Director of the Sideshow Fringe Festival [Best Alternative Theatre, Nashville Scene]. 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 directs and devises and generally produces the kind of creative happenings that help us all feel a little less lonesome. Often, there are puppets and there is almost always music. Her recent directing projects include the Nashville premieres of Failure: A Love Story by Philip Dawkins [Broadway World Nashville Best Director & Outstanding Ensemble], The Nether by Jennifer Haley [Nashville Scene's Critic's Pick], Gnit by Will Eno [Vanderbilt University Theatre], Hearts Like Fists by Adam Szymkowicz, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen [in collaboration Nashville Children's Theatre], Blackbird by David Harrower, and Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl [Nashville Scene Best Director]. Her approach to creation embraces emotional authenticity and the power of story to cultivate meaningful community in unexpected spaces and forgotten places. She has produced classic and original works in parks and prisons, shopping malls 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 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 + KCATCF Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble] and her BA in Theatre from Belmont University [CVPA Most Outstanding Graduate In Theatre].
She produced and directed the Nashville workshop of Seph at Actors Bridge Ensemble in May of 2017 and is thrilled to see this extraordinary play move from Music City to the Big Apple and beyond...