Jessica Kubzansky is the artistic director of Boston Court Pasadena, a theater primarily dedicated to producing adventurous new work and significantly re-envisioned classics, where she is a champion of innovation and artistic excellence. She is also an award-winning director who works around the country at venues such as Arena Stage, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Portland Center Stage, A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) Seattle, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, San Diego Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, and many more.
For Boston Court, she most recently directed the world premieres of Kit Steinkellner’s Ladies, Sarah B. Mantell’s Everything That Never Happened, Stefanie Zadravec’s Colony Collapse, RII (her own three-person re-envisioning of Shakespeare’s Richard II), Michael Elyanow’s The Children, as well as Luis Alfaro’s Mojada, A Medea in Los Angeles (a co-production with and at the Getty Villa), and the New York and world premieres of Sheila Callaghan’s Everything You Touch (a co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre at the Cherry Lane). Other recent productions include The Father with Alfred Molina (Pasadena Playhouse), Othello (A Noise Within), Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths (San Diego Rep), Aditi Kapil’s Orange (South Coast Rep), and Aaron Posner’s Stupid Fucking Bird (ACT Theatre Seattle). Most recently she directed a piece for Flash Acts, an Arena Stage-affiliated international short play festival of Russian and American artists. Additionally, she does a great deal of new play development with many developmental organizations such as New Dramatists, South Coast Rep’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage JAW: A Playwrights Festival, the Playwrights’ Center, and Perry-Mansfield, among others.
Kubzansky is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre.
She received a B.A. in creative writing from Johns Hopkins and Harvard, and her M.F.A. in theater direction from California Institute of the Arts.