Jessica is a 7 time Broadway veteran & teaching artist currently in Tony Award winning musical Bandstand on Broadway where she plays Jo & understudies Laura Osnes.
Music, singing & dancing were introduced to her at a very early age. She studied classical ballet, jazz & modern for 13 years under the direction of Joan Miller at The Palm Beach Ballet Center and attended The Palm Beach County School of the Arts (now Dreyfoos School of the Arts) where she was a dance/theatre major. She discovered her true passion for Musical Theatre when she attended the Broadway Theatre Project, a summer intensive directed by Ann Reinking.
Jessica was accepted as only one of four incoming freshmen for the BFA Musical Theatre Program at Florida State University. After graduating w/ honors, she toured North America with CATS & FOSSE for 2 years, then made the big move to NYC.
She hit the ground running landing a role in North Shore Music Theatre's production of WEST SIDE STORY where she received her Equity card. Five months after moving to the city, the dream came true when she made her Broadway debut in THE BOY FROM OZ starring Hugh Jackman.
In 2006, Jessica was cast in the Broadway Revival of A CHORUS LINE, where she began understudying the roles of Diana, Sheila, & Judy. Shortly after, Maggie was added. Then a year after joining ACL, Jessica was chosen to be the Cassie Alternate, performing the role every Sunday. ACL was followed by the original Broadway companies of 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, understudying the role of Judy Bernly, THE ADDAMS FAMILY as the Flapper Ancestor & understudying Morticia (originated by Bebe Neuwirth) & Wednesday Addams, THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE understudying the role of Red & most notably understudying & performing the title role of Eva Peron in the Broadway Revival of EVITA alongside Ricky Martin and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris.
Jessica made her debut w/the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra last spring in A Musical Valentine: The Love Songs of Marvin Hamlisch & debuted this summer at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in A Chorus Line.
Jessica has also performed in 2 productions for the City Center Encores! series, ...IT'S SUPERMAN & THE MOST HAPPY FELLA as well as the 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists series starring alongside Broadway veterans & under the direction of Tony Award winning, Oscar & Golden Globe nominated David Zipple. In the fall of 2015, Jessica was featured in the NY Philharmonics production of SHOW BOAT that aired on PBS. Jessica has also been seen on 4 Tony Award telecasts, Dancing w/ the Stars, The Late Show w/ David Letterman, The View, Good Morning America & The Today Show.
Jessica is now using her 17 years of professional expertise to guide others in their passion for theatre and dance. She has taught master classes & audition prep for many organizations in NYC like the Broadway Artists Alliance, Broadway Workshop & Broadway Classrooms & has taught at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center in NYC & the EDGE in Los Angeles for their theater dance classes. She has also taught her workshop series for major universities like FSU & University of Irvine as well as the International Thespian Festival.
Jessica is also a certified Yin Yoga instructor & avid yogi.