Jessica
Edwards

Theatre director

Jessica Edwards is a theatre director and dramaturg. She chiefly directs new writing, and regularly develops ideas from an early seed with writers, through to first production. Her work often explores the queer and female experience. It is iconoclastic, subversive, outrageous and fun.

Most recently, Jessica has directed the award-winning new musical SPARKS at Vault Festival 2018, and the five star DENIM WORLD TOUR at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017. She has been associate to Jamie Lloyd on THE MAIDS and DOCTOR FAUSTUS and Rupert Goold on KING CHARLES III. Jessica has also assisted James McDonald and Claire Lizzimore. She has twice been a finalist for the JMK award.

Jessica works internationally, directing Hedi Mohr's NACKTSAENGERIN at the BKA Theatre in Berlin in May 2018. 

Jess is also currently developing her first TV screenplay with Big Talk Productions.

CV

Theatre

Director 

Writer Isley Lynn
The Vaults
Writer Emma Dennis-Edwards
Roundhouse
Passengers
Winner: Summerhall Lustrum Award
Writer Kit Redstone with Jessica Edwards
Summerhall Edinburgh/Adelaide Fringe
Writer Ell Potter and Mary Higgins
Soho Theatre
Writer Ell Potter and Mary Higgins
Soho Theatre, Underbelly
Writer Sophie Treadwell
Arts Education Schools MA Acting
Sparks
Winner: MTR Best Musical Award
Producer Michelle Barnette Productions & Flipping the Bird
Writer Jessica Butcher
Vault Festival, HighTide, Pleasance Edinburgh
Producer Thomas Hermanns
Writer Hedi Mohr
BKA Theater Berlin
Producer Soho Theatre & United Agents
Edinburgh Festival & Soho Theatre
Producer Heretic Productions
Writer Annie Fox
Arcola Theatre
Producer Kuleshov
Writer Sarah Page
Theatre 503
Producer Flipping the Bird
Writer Phoebe Eclair-Powell with Jessica Edwards
Starring
  • Jess Mabel Jones
  • Latitude Festival, New Diorama Theatre & Underbelly, Edinburgh
    Writer Devised
    Almeida Young Company
    Producer Jamie Lloyd Company
    Writer Christopher Marlowe
    Starring
  • Sharon D. Clarke
  • Emily Taaffe
  • Duke of York's Theatre
    Writer Anton Chekhov
    Rose Bruford College
    Producer Flipping the Bird
    Starring
  • James Rowland
  • Pete Ashmore
  • Kate Adams
  • Lyric Hammersmith, Watford Palace Theatre, GDIF & Latitude
    Producer Flipping the Bird
    Writer Jonathan Holloway
    Starring
  • Cristina Catalina
  • Michael Edwards
  • Leo Wan
  • Elliott Rennie
  • Joel Phillimore
  • Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh & Southwark Playhouse
    Chicken Skin
    Shortlisted: Les Enfants Terribles Award
    Producer Flipping the Bird
    Starring
  • Joel Phillimore
  • Martha Ellis Leach
  • Peter Shenai
  • Phoebe Eclair-Powell
  • Oliver Mann
  • Holywell Brasserie

    Associate Director 

    Producer Jamie Lloyd Company
    Director Jamie Lloyd
    Writer Colin Teevan
    Starring
  • Kit Harington
  • Brian Gilligan
  • Craig Stein
  • Danielle Flett
  • Forbes Masson
  • Duke of York's Theatre
    Producer Jamie Lloyd Company
    Director Jamie Lloyd
    Writer Jean Genet, Benedict Andrews & Andrew Upton
    Starring
  • Zawe Ashton
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Laura Carmichael
  • Trafalgar Studios
    Director Clare Lizzimore
    Writer Mike Bartlett
    Starring
  • Max Bennett
  • Susannah Fielding
  • Nigel Lindsay
  • Marc Wootton
  • Young Vic
    Director Rupert Goold
    Writer Mike Bartlett
    Starring
  • Katie Brayben
  • Oliver Chris
  • Richard Goulding
  • Nyasha Hatendi
  • Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Wyndhams Theatre
    Producer Les Enfants Terribles
    Director James Seager & Oliver Lansley
    Writer Oliver Lansley
    Starring
  • Oliver Lansley
  • Conrad Sharp
  • Alfie Boyd
  • Tim Jackson
  • Alexander Wolfe
  • Pleasance, Edinburgh
    Director Laurence Boswell
    Writer Sarah Ruhl
    Starring
  • Katie Lightfoot
  • Paul Hickey
  • Lucy Robinson
  • Tom Hodgkins
  • Flora Montgomery
  • Theatre Royal Bath

    Assistant Director 

    Director James Macdonald
    Writer Anne Carson
    Starring
  • Ben Whishaw
  • Bertie Carvel
  • Amiera Darwish
  • Eugenia Georgieva
  • Kaisa Hammarlund
  • Almeida
    Director Laurence Boswell
    Writer Fyodor Dostoevksy
    Starring
  • Simon Scardifield
  • Rob Edwards
  • Jane Leaney
  • Nicholas Karimi
  • Sean Murray
  • Theatre Royal Bath
    Director Richard Beecham
    Writer Adam Rapp
    Starring
  • Keir Charles
  • Ilan Goodman
  • Sally Tatum
  • Theatre Royal Bath
    Producer Red Shift
    Director Jonathan Holloway
    Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh