Jessica Lanius



Lanius, Jessica

As a theatre maker and director Jessica focuses on telling stories on stage that are multi-disciplinary inventions that inspire, surprise, or engage audiences in unconventional ways, building new works in collaboration with musicians, writers, designers, poets, artists, and performers of all kinds. She seeks to answer the question, “What story does our community need to experience right now?” when diving into a project.

As Artistic Director of Theatre LILA Jessica directed: No Child… by Nilaja Sun; TRASH: a Theatre LILA Invention; The Mojo and The Sayso, by Aishah Rahman in collaboration with Bronzeville Arts Ensemble; Big Fish in collaboration with Four Seasons Theatre; The BED: a Theatre LILA Invention; and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As AD of Theatre LILA she produced Constellations by Nick Payne and LINES: a Theatre LILA Invention. Jessica holds an MFA in Theatre Arts, Rutgers University, and BFA in Acting, UW–Stevens Point.