DIRECTING WORK

Inspired by original transcripts from real-life case studies of incarcerated domestic violence survivors, Life Without Parole takes you "behind the barbed wire" exposing how these convicted women bond together, explore their pasts, and survive when orange becomes their new black and blue. www.LifeWithoutParolePlay.com

Welcome To The Jungle!
By: Chad Luke Schiro
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
World Premiere
Ars Nova

This wildly imaginative Sketch & Dance Odyssey created and choreographed by Chad Luke Schiro was an official selection of ANTFEST 2013 and played to sold out audiences. 

This pop cultre multimedia extravaganza mixes sketch videos with live dance performance and sketch scenes for an epic theatrical experience.

Sometimes, the greatest injustice is the justice system itself. Inspired by Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard’s Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill, Life Without Parole draws on the original transcripts and testimonies of women incarcerated at the California Institution for Women at Chino for killing their abusive partners.

New York Premiere

Sold Out Run During Winterfest 2013 - Official Extension Awarded

Fruits Unheard Of
By: Caitlin Murphy
Directed By: Jessica Dermody & Sharone Halevy
 
U.S. Premiere
chahama & Working Artists Theatre Project
Environmental Theatre Gallery 315 East 43rd St.

A biopic play about the life and subjects of acclaimed photographer, Diane Arbus. This play with its cast of two offers the ultimate creative challenge with one actor playing Diane Arbus and the other playing fourteen fantastical characters from her life. 

This immersive production was presented in an art gallery and staged within a dark room processing Arbus inspired photography taken inside a West Village apartment once inhabited by Arbus herself.  

Lone Star
By: James McLure
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
David Lynch Foundation Event
Staged Reading
OPEN CALL!
Concieved & Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
National Foundation for the Arts
chashama
Rita's Way Performance Space, Times Square

This classic American play was presented with its sister play Laundry & Bourbon by James McLure as the first venture in a series of staged reading events to support The David Lynch Foundation.

Lone Star was presented in front of the James McLure Estate during this sold out event with all funds raised supporting the DLF initiative Operation Warrior Wellness. www.operationwarriorwellness.org

Open Call! was produced in the summer of 2012. This site specific show was presented outside of the stage door of the Sondheim Theatre on 42nd Street. The experience offered a portal of theatre history as told by auditioners through each decade from turn of the century to present day. 

WAT Gallery
Concieved & Curated By: Jessica Dermody
 
Working Artists Theatre Project
National Foundation for the Arts
chashama
314 East 43rd Street, New York

This fully curated 5,000 sq foot art gallery housed ten world class visual artists from all over the world with disciplines in painting, sculpting, and installations. Ten DJ's played live sets during gallery hours and two immersive world premiere productions took place within the gallery space all thanks to a generous grant from chashama and The National Endowment for the Arts. 

Tall Tales from the Little Black Book
Working Artists Theatre Project
Michael Weller Theatre

Tall Tales from the Little Black Book tells the simultaneous stories of four couples, each unknowingly related in one degree of separation.

 

Co-Directed for WAT Projects first directors collaborative by:

Amy Neswald, Steve Witting, Jessica Dermody, and Ari Laura Kreith

Clown
Written By: Earic Beall
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
World Premiere
Working Artists Theatre Project
Michael Weller Theatre
 
 

This one man semi-biopic play starred Broadway veteran, Peter Marinos. Clown tells the all too familiar tales of the life of a true theatre gypsy and what happens when the borders between stage life and real life become blurred. 

Just Jump
Created & Choreographed By: Chad Luke Schiro Directed By: Damon Arrington
Associate Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
Ars Nova

The premiere Sketch & Dance Odyssey created and choreographed by Chad Luke Schiro. Just Jump! was an official selection of the first ANTFEST at Ars Nova and played to sold out audiences. 

This pop cultre multimedia extravaganza mixes sketch videos with live dance for a wildly imaginative theatrical experience.

Mercury
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
U.S. Premiere
 
Spiral Inc. 
Wings Theatre
L.A. &
Pitching to the Star
Directing By: Jessica Dermody
Spiral Inc. & Working Artists Theatre Project
Michael Weller Theatre

In the sweltering heat of a brutal New York City summer, three women discover what life outside of their comfort zone has to offer. They soon find themselves tangled in a deceitful web of jealousy and lust, ultimately becoming a unique version of their very own urban legend cliche. 

 

Mecury played a sold out run at The Wings Theatre. 

 

 

These companion pieces by Donald Margulies expose life in Los Angeles, the city of dreams. 

In L.A. a washed-up young movie star explains to a willing fan in a bar how he went from a happy, married young novice to a wealthy, gambling, overnight sensation and back to a hungry, divorced wanna-be who only wants to recapture his original dream of having "enough," and being married for life.

 

Both plays played sold out runs at The Michael Weller Theatre.

 

Rudolph Unplugged
Written & Performed By: John Treacy Egan
Directed By: Jessica Dermody
 
Ars Nova

Written and starring Broadway veteran John Treacy Egan; this hilarious one man show takes on telling the "where are they now" stories of all the beloved characters from the animated Christmas special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. 

 

Rudolph Unplugged played to sold out audiences at Ars Nova.

© Jessica Dermody 2015

  • facebook-square
  • Twitter Square
  • Google+ - Black Circle
  • Pinterest Black Square
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

The cast: Katrina Yaukey, Dionne Figgins, Chad Luke Schiro, and Heather Lang.