Jessica Anderson

Jessica is a playwright and arts administrator who originally hails from Oakville, Ontario. She is a graduate of Queen's University and Algonquin College.  Jessica was the recipient of the 2012 RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Award for her full-length play The Gods and Calvin Brewer. Her short plays have been produced at the Extremely Short Play festival in Ottawa, the InspiraTO festival in Toronto, the Just Acts Play Festival in Calgary, the HamilTEN festival in Hamilton and the Short and Sweet Festival in Sydney, Australia. Her first full- length play My Purple Wig was short-listed for the RBC Tarragon Under Thirty Award, the Herman Voaden Award and won the Special Merit Award in TheatreBC's National Playwriting Contest. My Purple Wig  premiered Off- Broadway at the Lion Theatre in November of 2013. My Purple Wig had its Canadian debut in April 2016 at the Vagabond Theatre in Cornwall, ON.  Her most recent play, A Different Kind of Job, premiered as part of Theatre Aquarius' TA2 Studio Series in December of 2015. She was a participant in the 2014 Stratford Playwright's Retreat and an inaugural member of the 1000 Islands playwrights’ unit.

Jessica was the 2016/17 Ontario Arts Council playwright-in-residence for Tottering Biped Theatre and is currently a member of the playwrights' unit at Theatre Aquarius

She has worked in administration for the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation, Ottawa Little Theatre, Pat the Dog Theatre Creation and was the Interim Festival Director for the record-breaking 2016 Hamilton Fringe Festival.




Award Category Year Play
RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Award 2012