Jessica Bird Bio

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 our best selves believing that the whole is only as strong as its collective individuals.

As a director, I am committed to stories and casting that promote inclusive diversity representing a wide range of voices in terms of race, gender identification, ability, religion, age, culture, and thought. Whenever possible I seek to open casting as much as the story allows and intentionally seek diverse casts and on multiple occasions, primarily in education settings, have sought gender fluidity to tell a more inclusive story with casting a female Nanki Poo in Hot Mikado with lots of ensemble roles gender fluid and a female Bobby in Urinetown.

 I am drawn to stories that can activate a community and often pull source material for a specific community or person who is telling their story. I seek to facilitate deeper dialogue surrounding the work to support healing for individuals and communities at large. Working on Broadway’s Come From Away is a powerful testament to the healing power of theatre as we performed for Pentagon survivors, 9/11 first responders, as well as Americans and Canadians across North America who had suppressed their feelings and able to find healing through the specificity of the individual stores of human kindness in the midst of tragedy.

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege to work with esteemed directors including: Christopher Ashley, Barry Edelstein, Sheryl Kaller, BD Wong, Brian Kulick, Cary Perloff, Liz Lerman, Molly Smith, Sam Woodhouse and others. I have directed or assisted at the following theatres: La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mirvish Productions, Playwrights Foundation, San Diego REP, Moving Arts Company, Playwrights Project, New Village Arts, Diversionary Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, SCPA, PLNU, and Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. I have also served in the following positions:  Interim Associate Artistic Director at The Old Globe, Associate Producer at La Jolla Playhouse, Interim Associate Producer at The Old Globe, NNPN Producer in Residence and Casting Director at San Diego REP, and Interim General Manager at Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company.

Combining my directing, fundraising, and producing experience, I was honored to coordinate/direct Diversionary Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Daring Decadence in 2016 starring Beth Malone and honoring Jim Obergefell for the Supreme Court Case legalizing same-sex marriage.

If you are interested in speaking further or talking about a potential opportunity, please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to hearing from you!