Acting Chair & Assistant Company Manager
Jessica Stanley is an independent actor and writer from Melbourne. After topping the state of Victoria with a perfect score in drama at high school, she went on to receive a Victorian Premier’s Award, the Jennifer Francis Drama Prize, and a scholarship to study at Monash University.
While completing her Bachelor of Performing Arts at Monash, Jessica performed in various productions, including August: Osage County and The Pillowman. She was awarded the Outstanding Year Level Achiever and a Dean’s Recognition Award following her work in August: Osage County, and in her final year worked with director Leticia Caceres on the world premiere of Where in the World is Frank Sparrow?
Jessica began writing plays while at Monash, and premiered her first play upon graduation at La Mama, directed by Robert Reid.
In 2015, she concurrently completed the Full-Time Program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and a Bachelor of Psychology at Swinburne University. Jessica continues to write new plays and study at HFAS, where she is also the newest faculty member and teaches acting for teens. She is also pursuing her postgraduate degree in psychology at Monash University, with the hopes of one day completing a research PhD on the psychology of acting.
Her on screen credits include roles on The Doctor Blake Mysteries and Glitch, and the French-language independent feature, La Souffrance. Recently, Jessica performed the one-woman show, Ménage, at Melbourne Fringe Festival, which was nominated for Best Performance Award.
Jessica has been a proud member of Equity since 2013.