Who Are the Playwrights

Jessica Dickey

Resident Playwright

2015 — 2022

J E S S I C A D I C K E Y is an award-winning American playwright and actor most recently known for her play The Rembrandt (winner of the prestigious Stavis Award), which had a sold-out run at Steppenwolf Theater Company starring the wonderful John Mahoney. Jessie is currently commissioned by Manhattan Theater Club and the Sloan Foundation to write a play about the Pap Smear (gentlemen, please google); she is also currently writing a play about the sex lives of senior citizens, commissioned by ShadowCatcher; she is also developing a television show for Tom McCarthy's company and Paramount TV. Jessie’s next theatrical production is slated for January 2019 in New York City, featuring her play The Convent, a dark comedy about a group of women who try to live like nuns in the middle ages. The daughter of a gym teacher and a social worker, Jessie’s writing often draws from her rural Pennsylvania roots, including her debut (and most produced) play The Amish Project, which opened Off Broadway at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater to great acclaim from audience and critics alike (Helen Hayes Award, Barrymore Award, CAPPIE Award for Best Play, among others). The Amish Project continues to be produced around the country and the world, including a recent run at the prestigious Guthrie Theatre, and was listed by nytheatre.com as a play that should have been nominated for a Pulitzer. Jessie’s next play, Charles Ives Take Me Home, premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, for which she was hailed as a “talent to watch” by Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. Charles Ives Take Me Home went on to be produced at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Strawdog in Chicago, and Curious Theatre Company in Denver (among others). Jessica’s play about Civil War re-enactors, Row After Row, had its official world premiere with the Women’s Project at the City Center in NYC, followed by several regional productions, including an Ovation Award nomination for Best Play after its Los Angeles run at Echo Theatre Company. Jessie is very proud to be a member of New Dramatists. For more information about Jessie please contact Leah Hamos at Gersh and/or Greg Shephard at Writ Large.