Jessica Schacht

Jessica Schacht

Jessica Schacht is a dramaturg, director, and playwright of Métis/Canadian descent based on Vancouver Island. Her focus is the development of new and Indigenous work and collaborative practices. Her work and ethos centre around exploring identity and relationships through the cultural, environmental, and personal experiences that shape us. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Victoria's...
Jessica Schacht is a dramaturg, director, and playwright of Métis/Canadian descent based on Vancouver Island. Her focus is the development of new and Indigenous work and collaborative practices. Her work and ethos centre around exploring identity and relationships through the cultural, environmental, and personal experiences that shape us. In addition to being a graduate of the University of Victoria's Theatre Program Jessica has honed her craft at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity's Dramaturgy for Dance residency, Theatre Replacement's New Aesthetics Performance Intensive, as well as PTC's Block A program.

Through the support of the BC Arts Council Early Career Development Program, Jessica was the Artist in Residence for the 2018-2019 season at Pacific Opera Victoria. There she explored the connection of storytelling and tradition across multidisciplinary practices. She had the opportunity to assistant direct two of their mainstage productions (La Traviata, Countess Maritza) as well as participate in the development of new work. Jessica has written and directed POV's Living Opera school tours for La Traviata and Countess Maritza, and helped create a new Living Opera program in collaboration with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre. Jessica was also the assistant dramaturg of a new opera for young audiences, Flight of the Hummingbird, which is based on Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas' book of the same name. POV and Vancouver Opera have co-commissioned this new chamber work which focuses on climate change and is told from the perspective of four animals in the forest.

Other recent credits include In the Shadow of the Mountains (Dramaturg, Visceral Visions), Sis Ne' Bi-Yiz: Mother Bear Speaks (Dramaturg, Instruments of Change), Shadows of the Prairies (Dramaturg, University of Alberta Indigenous Dramaturgy Festival), Little Women (Assistant Director, Chemainus Theatre Festival), Kamloopa (Fire Igniter & Tender, WCT/The Cultch/Persephone), With Glowing Hearts (Assistant Director, TheatreOne), Adult Company (Co-Writer/Co-Director, Vancouver Fringe Festival), and Emerging Voices Series (Apprentice Dramaturg, TheatreOne). She is a current collaborator of the Unsettling Dramaturgy Colloquium.

Up next, Jessica rejoins the Fire Company as a member of the Artistic Leadership team for Kim Senklip Harvey's Break Horizons (Arts Club/Citadel).