Jessica B. Hill
Panelist: (Re)casting Shakespeare in Canada
Jessica has spent seven seasons at the Stratford Festival, last summer starring as Helen in All’s Well that Ends Well and Lady Anne in Richard III. Past Stratford credits include The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, All My Sons and The Alchemist, as well as several Canadian premieres including Kate Hennig’s Mother’s Daughter, Jordi Mand’s Brontë: The World Without, Erin Shields’ Paradise Lost and Hannah Moscovitch’s Bunny.
This past January marked Jessica’s playwriting debut with the world premiere of Pandora, at the Prairie Theatre Exchange. Her second play, The Dark Lady, will premiere at Shakespeare-in-the-Ruins and transfer to Shakespeare-on-the-Saskatchewan this summer. It had a public reading as part of Stratford Festival’s Meighen Forum in 2021.
Originally from Montreal and fluently bilingual, Jessica works as an actor in both English and French. TV credits include Five Days at Memorial, The Boys and 30 vies. She’s also a visiting teacher at National Theatre School. Jessica trained at Stratford Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory, and graduated from McGill University and Dawson College. She’s a recipient of the first Elsa Bolam award, the Brian Cloutte bursary and a twice-recipient of the Mary Savidge Guthrie award.