“As a playwright, you can have no greater director championing your work than Jessica Bird. I trusted Jessica and her vision for the piece immediately, and continue to trust her with first drafts as well as polished scripts. She truly has a knack for shepherding a piece through its infancy and into adulthood.”
Lance Arthur Smith, Playwright
"Jessica has been one of the most dedicated and brightest artists to come through our door, and I always tell everyone that 'If you need something difficult done, give it to Jessica.' "
Sam Woodhouse, San Diego REP's Artistic Director
"Jessica Bird is a smart and ambitious leader. She is a fierce visionary guide, eager to collaborate with the teams she assembles. She fosters a working group that excels in surprising creative solutions. When working as her Lighting Designer, I felt more creative."
Sherrice Mojgani, Lighting Designer God of Carnage
"Jessica’s calm guidance and elegant craftsmanship gave me the confidence to play this part, which frankly scared the shit out of me. I believe she is the future of the theater. She understands what people want to see and think about, right now, in this bubble of time that we live in."
Nick Cagle, AEA Actor Uncanny Valley
"Immersing myself in the world of The Laramie Project was one of the most gratifying theatrical experiences I have ever had. Jess was very helpful in guiding me to discover the power of vulnerability on stage as well as realizing the significance of being present with the ensemble of scene partners sharing the stage with me."
Lucas Goodman, Student Actor The Laramie Project
Hello! Thank you for visiting my website. I’m a freelance Director based in San Francisco, California primarily focused on new work and re-imagining contemporary plays and musicals. I have had a wide range of theatre experience working as a casting director, stage manager, producer, general manager, nonprofit consultant, and a director for youth and professional companies. Working in these capacities has led me to work on over 70 projects, as an administrator or director, collaborating with hundreds of different people. Through every leadership position I hold, I strive to develop community by embodying authenticity and radical collaboration that empowers all involved to rise to their best selves believing that the whole is only as strong as its collective individuals. Read full bio