Jessica is a Chicago-based actor, singer and dancer. Jessi grew up in Peoria, IL, where her love for theatre and dance all began. Jessi studied dance with The Peoria Ballet and The Rock School for Dance Education. She also competed in the Youth American Grand Prix international ballet competition, in 2010 and 2011. Jessi received her collegiate musical theatre training at The Chicago College of Performing Arts and Western Illinois University. Chicago theatre credits: Paramount Theatre - Cabaret (Texas, u/s Sally Bowles), The Wizard of Oz (Ensemble, u/s Dorothy Gale*) and The Producers (Ensemble). Regional credits: Timber Lake Playhouse - Les Miserables (Ensemble, u/s Eponine), Joseph...Dreamcoat (Zebulun, Ensemble), Young Frankenstein (Ensemble), and Pinkalicious (Alison, Dr. Wink) ; Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama - A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Faerie).
UP NEXT! Jessi is so excited to be the female swing in Newsies at Paramount this fall, and ensemble and specialty pointe dancer in An American in Paris at Drury Lane Oakbrook next winter! This will be Jessi’s first show with Drury Lane!
When Jessi isn’t singing and dancing, she enjoys hunting for donuts with her husband, Bobby, cuddling with their cat, Leche, working out and binging The Office. Jessi is an Equity Membership Candidate.
Instagram - @jessicapalkovic