Biography

​Jessica Lea Risco is an LA-based actress who hails from the lake country in northern Minnesota. With a B.A. in Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College, she has had the opportunity to work in New York City, Dublin, Honolulu, Minneapolis, and Tucson. Jessica made her San Francisco debut in Savage in Limbo at the Actors Theatre of San Francisco. Since then, Jessica has worked with Berkeley Rep, The San Francisco Playhouse, Just Theatre, Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre and the Playwright's Foundation. Jessica originated the role of Dorothy in The Speakeasy, performing over 100 times and receiving a nomination for Best Feature Actress on Broadway World. Jessica moved in Los Angeles in 2019 and had completed two feature films and played the role of Maggie in The Shadow Box in Hollywood.
Jessica has started to venture into film acting, and her film debut, This Little Light, premiered a the Another Hole in the Head festival at the Roxie Theatre in November 2013. She has been working on several other film projects, including the short film, Rory, with Scary Cow productions and several commercial spots, including the SF International Jewish Film Festival trailer .

Favorite credits include Hooded or Being Black for Dummies (Debra), Good. Better. Best. Bested (Simone), Angels in America (Harper Pitt), Fool for Love (May), Heartbreak House (Ellie Dunn), and Balm in Gilead (Bonnie). 

Film

86 Melrose Ave                             Fiona                                  Byblos Productions/Lili Matta

A Meal to Die For                          Sheila                                 E'xpressions College

Rory                                             Mother                               Scary Cow Productions/Patrick Fitzsimmons

The Confrontation                          Mother                               E'xpressions College/Kevin Willing

This Little Light                             Woman                             Missing Piece Productions/Jeff Cohelman
 

Theatre (partial list)

The Shadow Box                          Maggie                       McCadden Place Theatre/William Goldyn

Kiss                                            Arabic Translator          Shotgun Players/Evren Odckin

Good.Better.Best.Bested.                  Simone                         Just Theatre/Lauren English

Hooded or Being Black for Dummies        Debra                              Custom Made Theatre/Lisa Marie Rollins

Insignificance                              The Actress                    Dragon Theatre/Laura Jane Bailey

Re:Orient Festival                        Ensemble                       Golden Thread Theatre/Susannah Martin, Erin Gilley

An Octoroon                               Dora (u/s)                    Berkeley Rep/Eric Ting

The Speakeasy                            Dorothy                         Boxcar Theatre/Nick Olivero, Michael French, Erin Gilley

Boeing Boeing                              Gloria                           Ross Valley Players/Christian Haines

The Nether                                 Morris (u/s performed)            San Francisco Playhouse/Bill English     

The Birthday Party                      Lulu                              Off-Broadway West/Richard Harder

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof                  Mae                              O'Neill FoundatioSFn/George Maguire

The Iceman Cometh                     Cora                              O'Neill Foundation/Eric Frashier-Hayes

T   A Delicate Balance                  Julia                             Actors Theatre of SF/ Keith Phillips

Lost Love                                     Barb                            Mojo Theatre/ Peter Papadopoulos
Death of a Salesman                     The Woman                Actors theatre of SF/ Keith Phillips
Savage in Limbo                          Linda                          Actors Theatre of SF/ Carole Robinson

A Fool for Love                            May                            Beowulf Alley Theatre/ Mike Schaultzbach

Angels in America                        Harper Pitt                   Studio Connections/ Bill Fikaris
Blind Date                                    Young Woman             Borderlands Theatre Company/ Barclay Goldsmith



Languages

 

French

​Moroccan Arabic

Skills

Improvisation 

​Folk Singing

Ashtanga Yoga

Accents: Standard British, Brooklyn, Minnesotan

 

 

Training

Master Class                                 Seydways Studios                          Richard Seyd

Acting for the Camera                   Nancy Hayes                                George Maguire

Advanced Acting                          Studio A.C.T.                                 Andrew Hurteau
Stanislavski Technique                   Bennett Lab                                   Phillip Bennett
Irish Theatre/Acting Intensive         Gaiety School of Acting                   Patrick Sutton
Modern Dance                               Lines Ballet                                   Mary Carbonara
Bachelors of Arts- Theatre                Gustavus Adolphus College           Dr. Amy Seham, Robert Gardner, Rick Snyder

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