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Jessica Bedford

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre

Jessica Bedford is a Philadelphia based actor, director, dramaturg, playwright and teacher. She has been seen onstage at McCarter Theatre, Walnut Street Theater, Lantern Theatre Co, Montgomery Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Tiny Dynamite, Theatre Horizon, People's Light, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and Theatre Co. and other stages in the Philadelphia area.

Recent directing credits include DeSales University, Delaware Shakespeare, the Philadelphia Artists' Collective, Act II Playhouse, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and the McCarter. As a writer, her works have been produced with Passage Theatre, 1812 Productions, Recognize Theatre, Act II Playhouse, Tiny Dynamite, Villanova University, the Philadelphia Artists Collective, and Juniper Productions.

Jessica has taught at Villanova University, Temple University, Montgomery County Community College, DeSales University and University of the Arts. She was a finalist for the 2018 F Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award from Theatre Philadelphia and a 2012 finalist for NY Stage & Film’s Founder Award.

Education: DeSales University, B.A. Villanova University, M.A. Queens University of Charlotte, M.F.A.

She is co-author of the satirical play The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged which saw two sold-out runs in Philadelphia and will be produced at Riverside Theatre in Iowa in December 2021 and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Summer 2022.