Jess Conda

Jess Conda is the Artistic Director of BRAT Productions, a company she has performed with since 2003 and took over shortly after graduating from the Pig Iron School. With BRAT, Jess has produced Three Chord Fiction, a collaboration between Philadelphia rock musicians and theater makers; a Resident Artist Program for emerging artists; and produced and appeared in BRAT's original, neo-futurist clown rock cabaret, Always Coming Soon: The Future (2014/2015). As a creator/performer, Jess has worked with Pig Iron on Pay Up (2006, 2013) and 99 Breakups (2014). In 2013, she sang backup vocals on two National tours with Peter Matthew Bauer (of the Walkmen) in support of his album, Liberation!, opening for Delta Spirit and The War on Drugs. She regularly performs as Muff Johnson with Peek-A-Boo Review. Jess is a founding member, backup singer and rapper of Red 40 and The Last Groovement. The band's performance credits include ANT Fest/Ars Nova, and Union Transfer with The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. They recently completed a two-year monthly performance residency at FringeArts and will be releasing their debut album She's Keen To Feed. As a teaching artist, Jess works with The Wilma Theatre's Wilmagination! program and Yes! And... Collaborative Arts creating original work with middle school and high school students. In 2016, Jess received a Leeway Foundation grant with Jenn Kidwell and Melissa Krodman to create a LeCoq-based curriculum for theater students at Palumbo high school in South Philadelphia. Jess is a two-time Barrymore nominee for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play, and was one of Philadelphia Magazine's Best Stage Talents to See This Season in 2013. She received her BFA from Arcadia University.