(Bio as of March 2013)
Jessica Thebus most recently directed As You Like It at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She last collaborated with the Goodman on Stage Kiss during the 2010/2011 Season. Ms. Thebus previously directed the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House in 2006. She is an associate artist with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where she directed Intimate Apparel, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, No Place Like Home, When the Messenger Is Hot (also at 59E59 in New York), Sonia Flew and Sex with Strangers. Her other Chicago credits include Our Town with Anna D. Shapiro and They All Fall Down at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Jekyll and Hyde, Inherit the Wind and Red Herring at Northlight Theatre; Eurydice at Victory Gardens Theater and The Turn of the Screw at Writers’ Theatre. Regional credits include Harriet Jacobs at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, A Civil War Christmas at the Huntington Theatre Company and the world premiere of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Kennedy Center. Other credits include Pulp (nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Director; After Dark Award for Best Production), Winesburg, Ohio (nominated for Jeff and After Dark awards for Best Director) and Seven Moves at About Face Theatre; Chicago, an outdoor spectacle at The Field Museum; Salao: The Worst Kind of Unlucky at Redmoon Theater, where she is a longtime collaborator and Late, Melancholy Play and Abingdon Square at the Piven Theatre Workshop, where she is a longtime member of the teaching staff. For Steppenwolf for Young Adults she wrote Haymarket Eight with Derek Goldman and directed A Tale of Two Cities, Whispering City and David Mamet’s The Water Engine, which transferred to Theater on the Lake. Ms. Thebus has also directed at Remy Bumppo Theatre Company, Center Theater, Lifeline Theatre, Collaboraction and Caravan Productions, and toured internationally with Bread and Puppet Theater. She holds a doctorate in performance studies from Northwestern University and has designed courses and taught at the University of Chicago, DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago and Roosevelt University. She is currently a faculty member in the directing program at Northwestern University and an artistic associate at The Corn Exchange Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland.