Jessica “Jes” Washington was born and raised in Memphis, TN. A southern beauty who grew up competitive with sports, needed a balance and found poetry, public speaking, acting, dancing, and even tour guiding. Her first theatrical debut was during her sixth grade summer, where she played the role of Auntie Em, in a parody of The Wizard of Oz, called Nightmare in Oz.
During her teen years, Jes was blessed to be a part of Memphis-based theater company called VJ Productions, and this is where she really got the true taste of theatrical performance. During this time, she was also a part of local theater programs that included Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, and programs at Memphis’ esteemed Orpheum Theater. Jes received her BA from Bates College, where she spent a lot of time as part of the college’s modern dance company.
Jes moved to Boston where she performed as Procne in Love of the Nightingale with OTP, and Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park, with the Longwood Players. Her performance as Francine/Lena landed her, her first Best Supporting Actress nomination EMACT. She was then invited to participate in Harvard University’s Stanislavski Program, where she learned the techniques of the legendary Konstanin Stanislavski from Russian instructors from the historic Moscow Art Theater. Under their direction, performed in Checkov’s Three Sisters, and performed as Billie Holiday, singing Them There Eyes .
Jes was offered the role of Lena Baker, the lead in an one-woman show called Who Will Sing For Lena?. For the past four years, Jes has performed all along the East Coast, becoming the AACT Fest 2019 National Winner. Among the awards from AACT, Jes received the awards for Best Actress, People’s Choice Best Actress, and Best Onstage Moment. The show, Who Will Sing For Lena?, received awards for Best Director and Best Overall Production.
Jes recently received her MFA in acting from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in New York City in May of 2020. The future looks bright and boundless.