Faculty & Staff

Jessica Kahkoska

Dramaturgy is grounded in the practice of asking questions that reveal, expand, interrogate, and deepen our collaborations, conversations, and our field at large. What questions will you ask?

Degrees & Accomplishments
BA in Theatre, Northwestern University
MBA (in process), SUNY New Paltz
Member, Dramatists Guild
Regional Vice President -Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America
Topics of Expertise
New work development (plays and libretto)
Research-driven storytelling
Community-responsive collaborations

Jessica Kahkoska (she/her) is a writer, dramaturg, and researcher. Projects include WILD FIRE (Denver Center for the Performing Art), MOUNTAIN FABLES (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, Chautauqua Theater Company), IN HER BONES (2020 Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center), THE DEATH OF DESERT ROSE (with Elliah Heifetz, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship), NIA ( with Tommy Crawford, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), WILD HOME: AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY (Notch Theatre Company, 2020 NEA ArtWorks Grant recipient), LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT (with Michael Bello, The Great Hall at Cooper Union), and OF SPACIOUS SKIES (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).

Her writing has been additionally developed and presented at New York Stage and Film, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company,  (le) Poisson Rouge, Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab, New York Theatre Barn, Musical Theatre Factory, Village Theatre, the Drama League, Phoenix Theatre Company, and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition.  She has previously been the recipient of a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, a RedLine Contemporary Arts Center “Arts-in-Society” Grant, the Marion International Fellowship Performing Arts, Writer-in-Residence at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and held creative residencies at Denver University (Marsico Visiting Scholar), the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) at Northwestern University, the Denver Center (Powered by Off-Center), Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Goodspeed Musicals, the Chautauqua Institution, Barn Arts Collective, and UCROSS Foundation.

Dramaturgical work includes new play/musical development Off-Broadway (SAFEWORD., WE ARE THE TIGERS) in NYC (the Cooper Union, and regionally (the Athena Project, Creede Repertory Theatre), as well as TV research for Velocity Creatives, Reda Films, HardPin Media, and AMC/Sundance Networks. She is a Regional Vice President for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA). BA: Northwestern University, MBA (in process): State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz.