Jess McLeod is a director & social justice advocate specializing in risky new work about America. Woolly Mammoth BOLD Resident Director; NYCLU Artist-In-Residence; Artistic Associate, Broadway Advocacy Coalition. Resident Director, Hamilton Chicago. Regional credits include There’s Always the Hudson, Woolly, Steppenwolf, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Goodman, San Diego Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf, The Gift, and A Red Orchid Theatre. Jess has created operas with community groups at the Lyric, musicals with incarcerated teen Chicagoans through Storycatchers Theatre, and recently co-curated BAC’s first-ever Arts In Action Festival. Currently under commission at La Jolla Playhouse and Co-Chair, with Michael Korie, of the Dramatists Guild Foundation Musical Theatre Fellows. MFA, Northwestern.