I’m a freelance director and playwright seeking high stakes, soaring poetry, unabashed emotion, and those places where violence and empathy collide.


I am currently pursing my MFA in Directing from the University of Texas at Austin, and hold my BFA in Acting from Webster University.

I am passionate about connecting artists with heightened text and am personally committed to eradicating “Shakespeare Voice” from the American Theatre.

In addition to theatre-making, I spent three years engaged as a qualitative researcher for Nextions – a consulting firm that specializes in the intersection of Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership. This experience continues to inform every aspect of my work.

You can contact me directly at jess.m.shoemaker@gmail.com

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