Jess Kaufman is a theatre artist, voice artist, and dramaturge based in New York and London. Her work includes plays, musicals, devised theatre, theatre for young audiences, voiceover, and audiobooks.
After earning a BFA at the University of Miami, Jess spent seven(ish) years performing all over the US and at many venues in New York City. Notable credits include Dear Edwina Off-Broadway, the first US Nat Tour of 'SWonderful: The New Gershwin Musical, and seasons at Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Allenberry Playhouse. During this time, Jess began her voiceover career as a narrator for Audible. Most recently, Jess completed the MA Advanced Theatre Practice course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she studied collaborative and experimental theatre, and researched applications of dramaturgy to devised practice in the contexts of young audiences and access. She is currently editing a special edition of Connection Science and developing two new works for young audiences with collaborators in the US and London.
Jess co-writes and produces original musicals for families as one half of Steph and Jess!, is an active member of devising ensembles [Alter] and Warp and Weft, and is a founding member of Sub-Sublime, an international performance collective.