JESSICA WU is a New York City based writer, director, and song-writer who began her professional theatre career over a decade ago as a dancer/singer/actor/musician/whatever-you-want-me-to-do-if-it-pays-the-bills. As the latter, she has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, in a half-dozen National Tours, regionally, on television, on YouTube, and "For free because you're my friend, but I swear this is the last time".
Select credits include the Broadway Revivals of Miss Saigon and A Chorus Line, Shakespeare in the Park, The Radio City Spring Spectacular, Lincoln Center, BAM, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals, the National Tours of Doctor Dolittle, The King And I, Wizard of Oz, Miss Saigon, and A Chorus Line, as well as on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
She has written a number of short-films and theatrical works, including two full-length musicals. “You, Me, I, We” has won several development awards (including The National Asian Artists Project’s Discover: New Musicals Series) and was a Finalist for Live & In Color’s Development Retreat, as well as a semi-finalist for The National Alliance of Musical Theatre’s O’Neill Conference. Upcoming is “Poupelle of Chimney Town”, a new-musical based upon the best-selling Japanese picture book of the same name. It debuted Internationally in Tokyo, Japan Fall 2021 and is slated for the 2022-2023 season in NYC.
Jessica is an adjunct Theatre Professor at American University, a mentor with the Harvard-Radcliffe G&S Players, and also spent several years in Non-Profit Arts Leadership as an Associate Artistic Director. In 2019, she founded Inspirate Creative Consulting and Development, a practice dedicated to providing clients with purposeful creative coaching and open-hearted, collaborative development sessions for works in-process.
Jessica lives in East Harlem with her husband Ian, her rescue dog Howie, and two feline overlords named Oscar and Sammy.