Biography

Jessica Sheridan

http://www.sdjt.org/bios/img/bio_239.jpg

Jessica Sheridan received a thorough education in all aspects of theatre during her nine years with SDJT. She learned, not just performing, but all the myriad tasks it takes to get a show up and running from painting the sets; publicity; selling tickets; to operating the light and sound boards; ensuring scenery and props are where they belong; costumes, hair, and makeup are right; and how to call a show. As a performer, she had ample opportunities to learn her craft. In Jessica’s first JT show she played a Munchkin, Jitterbug, and Ozian in The Wizard of Oz. She continued in many other roles—working her way up from the chorus to leads over the years—ending as Rizzo in Grease. In addition to her training at SDJT, Jessica danced for 14 years with the Janie Cushing Dance Studio in Pacific Beach and received a full scholarship to USIU’s School of Performing Arts. She left USIU after two years when professional work intervened. She currently lives in New York City. Jessica earned her Equity card in San Diego while playing in shows at Starlight, Theatre East, the Lyric Dinner Theatre, and several shows at Lawrence Welk’s Village Theatre. Subsequently she has been back in San Diego performing with several national tours. She also had the great opportunity to be in the world premiere performances at La Jolla Playhouse of Harmony, a musical conceived and written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. Other credits include: BROADWAY AND NATIONAL TOURS: The Producers (Shirley Markowitz, Touch-Me-Feel-Me); Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts); Footloose (Betty Blast, Eleanor Dunbar); How to Succeed … (Smitty) — a role she first did at JT; and Les Miserables (Mme. Thenardier). OFF BROADWAY / REGIONAL: Play It Cool (Mary) – a world premiere for which Jessica was nominated for a 2007 Ovation Award for Lead Actress in a Musical and for an LA Weekly Award for Best Musical Performance and for Best Musical Ensemble; Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mrs. Claus); A Funny Thing Happened … (Domina); Hello Dolly (Ermengarde and u/s Dolly); Liza—Stepping Out (Demon Diva) –Jessica went on to tour the US and Europe with Liza; Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene); Music Man (Mrs. Paroo); The King and I (Lady Thiang); Nunsense (Sr. Hubert); La Cage aux Folles (Jacqueline); Anything Goes (5 times total, 3 as Bonnie [once opposite Ray Walston], and 2 times as Reno Sweeney) — 6 times if you count that she first played Reno Sweeney at JT; andrnSide by Side by Sondheim (Woman I). FILM: The Producers (Bavarian Peasant, Little Old Lady, Late Actress); and Liza Live from Radio City (Demon Diva) — also shown on PBS’ Great Performances.