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Jessica was born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and raised in Rochester, NY where she attended a Performing Arts High School. She graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Acting.
She has worked with the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Red Monkey Theatre, and Blackfriars Theatre in Rochester, NY.
She loves musicals, and loves working on new musicals that speak to the LatinX experience in the US.
Jessica is an accomplished Playwright and Lyricist. She wrote Elvira-The Immigration Play, which was inspired by the life of Elvira Arellano and which has toured in several theatres and college campuses in the US.
She is also currently developing her own original Musical called The Boogie Down Gospel, a reimagining of the Gospel of Matthew through the lense of the Latino and Black community of the South Bronx in the 1990’s.
She has worked closely as a Lyricist with Brooklyn Children’s Theatre to develop new children’s musicals for the community.
She has written 3 short plays and 2 full length plays.
As an Actress, she starred in the feature film "Millie and the Lords " which was featured on HBO, and for which she won the Best actress award at The People's Film Festival in NYC.
She recently appeared as a costar on NBC New Amsterdam. On stage, she has appeared in Shakespeare’s The Tempest with R.evolution Latina, Twelfth Night with Red Monkey Theatre and Water by the Spoonful with Red Monkey Theatre.
Jessica feels strongly about speaking out about immigrant rights, organizing against racism and police brutality and telling stories of people who are frequently silenced or underrepresented.
She is represented by Bonafide and Emerging Artists LLC.
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