Forbes.com: "Only in 2020: How to Catch an International Marathon of Queer Cabaret from 11 Cities without Leaving Your House" / Read More
"Oh man, more rock and roll please."
-FringeArts, 2016 / Read More
"Conda is a thriller whose work is as brash as she is audacious..." -The Inquirer, 2012 / Read More
"Maybe my reward is that in ten years, I’m still doing it." -Philly Mag, 2018 / Read More
JESS CONDA is a Philadelphia based performer, producer, teaching artist and cultural connector.
From 2003-2013, Jess performed with BRAT Productions, a former non profit theater company known for their influence on Philadelphia's early "Fringe" performance scene. From 2013-2017, she worked as Artistic Director, serving a mission to produce original rock-theater performance while providing creative opportunities for emerging Philadelphia artists.
In 2019,Jess co-hosted The Barrymore Awards, a nationally recognized award program for professional theater productions in the Greater Philadelphia area.
As a performer, her Regional Theater Performance credits include: Arden Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre, Shakespeare in Clark Park. Cabaret Performance credits: Get Pegged!, Bearded Ladies, Martha Graham Cracker, Red 40 & the Last Groovement. Touring backing vocals: Peter Matthew Bauer; opener for The War on Drugs and Delta Spirit.
Jess is a three-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. In 2019, she received a Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding New Play for A Hard Time, co-written by Conda, Mel Krodman and OBIE Award winner Jenn Kidwell for Pig Iron Theatre Company. Jess was one of Philadelphia Magazine's Best Stage Talents to See This Season, 2013.
Jess is currently Learning and Unlearning while working as both an artist and a K-8 Arts Educator. She lives on the unceded Lenni Lenape land currently known as Philadelphia.
Training: Certificate: Pig Iron School. BFA: Arcadia University.
Teaching Artist: Wilma Theatre, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Independence Charter School. Career Development Guest Lecturer: Arden Theater Company, Temple University, Arcadia University.