Jessica Thebus

Jessica Thebus is an associate artist with Steppenwolf Theatre Company where she has directed Intimate Apparel; Dead Man’s Cell Phone; No Place Like Home; When the Messenger is Hot (also at 59E59 Theaters in NYC); Sonia Flew; Sex With Strangers; A Tale of Two Cities; Winesburg, Ohio; and The Water Engine. Last season, she directed the world premiere of Welcome Home, Jenny Stutter (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Kennedy Center). Other recent credits include Our Town with Anna D. Shapiro and They All Fall Down (Lookingglass Theatre Company); The Clean House (Goodman Theatre); Jekyll and Hyde, Inherit the Wind, and Red Herring (Northlight Theatre); Eurydice (Victory Gardens); and The Turn of the Screw (Writers’ Theatre). Favorite projects include Pulp (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination, Best Director; After Dark Award, Best Production; About Face Theatre), Winesburg, Ohio (Jeff Award nomination, Best Director; After Dark Award, Best Director; About Face Theatre), Chicago (an outdoor spectacle at The Field Museum), Saloa: The Worst Kind of Unlucky (Redmoon Theater, where she is a longtime collaborator), and Melancholy Play and Abingdon Square (Piven Theatre Workshop, where she is a longtime member of the teaching staff). She has also toured internationally with Bread and Puppet Theater, and is an artistic associate at The Corn Exchange in Dublin, Ireland. Ms. Thebus holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University and has designed courses and taught at The University of Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College, and Roosevelt University. She is a faculty member in the M.F.A. directing program at Northwestern.

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