Jessica Holt is a freelance theater director who specializes in new and contemporary plays and boldly reimagining the classics. She most recently directed the new feminist fantasia Truest by Megan Cohen in a workshop production at the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, after co-leading a successful development process with playwright Megan Cohen at Berkeley Rep's Ground Floor Summer Residency Lab in June 2016. She was the 2015-2016 Phil Kent Directing Fellow at the Alliance Theatre where she directed Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino in September 2016. In Atlanta, she also directed Significant Other by Joshua Harmon at Actors Express and staged readings of new plays by Bekah Brunstetter and Will Arbery for the Alliance.
Originally from San Francisco, Jessica was an artistic associate at Magic Theatre where she most recently directed Bright Half Life by Tanya Barfield. Other highlights at Magic include: "Act 5" of Taylor Mac's five-hour epic The Lily's Revenge and the staged reading of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. She received her MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama. Projects there include: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and the new hip-hop musical The Children by Phillip Howze, among others. She served as the Co-Artistic Director of the 2014 Yale Summer Cabaret, producing and directing a season of adventurous and daring work by contemporary American playwrights including Jackie Sibblies Drury, Will Eno, and Erin Courtney. She has developed, produced and directed work with the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Alliance Theatre, Bay One Acts Festival, Theater Emory, Cutting Ball Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Magic Theatre, New Conservatory Theater Center, and Piano Fight. Up Next: Venus in Fur by David Ives at Virginia Stage Company (March 2017).