Program Chair

Jess McLeod

DGF Fellows Program Musical Theater Chair

Jess McLeod (she/her) is a director & social justice advocate specializing in risky new work about America. BOLD Resident Director (Woolly Mammoth); Artist-In-Residence (NYCLU). Resident Director, Hamilton Chicago. Recent work includes BFRJ Sings: The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (Little Island); Prepared (EST); There’s Always The Hudson, O-Slice: 19 (Woolly Mammoth); Pride And Prejudice (Long Wharf), The Great Khan (San Diego REP); Hype Man (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Wolf Play, Hang Man (The Gift); Venus (Steppenwolf); Do You Feel Anger?, Fulfillment Center (A Red Orchid); Landladies (Northlight); How We Got On (Haven), Midsummer (CST), Marry Me A Little (Porchlight); and workshops of The Jordan & Avery Show (O’Neill); You Deserve To Be Here (Roundabout), Exotic Deadly, Or The MSG Play (Atlantic); Abortion Road Trip (WTF); Radical (IAMA) and The Deciders (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor). Jess also works frequently at the intersection of art and activism, and has created operas with community groups (Lyric), musicals with incarcerated teen Chicagoans (Storycatchers Theatre), musical walking tours (National Public Housing Museum), the #STOPASIANHATE video campaign for NY Rep. Grace Meng’s 3/26 Day of Action & Healing (co-creator) and co-curated Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s first-ever Arts In Action Festival. Currently under commission at La Jolla Playhouse. MFA, Northwestern. | @mcjessmc

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