Jenn Kidwell, Jess Conda, and Mel Krodman. Photo by Johanna Austin.

Jess Conda

JESS CONDA (she/her) is a performer/ producer/ teaching artist.  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 served as Artistic Director, producing original rock-theater hybrids led by emerging Philadelphia artists.  

In 2019, Jess co-hosted The Barrymore Awards, a nationally recognized award program for professional theater in the Greater Philadelphia area.  

Regional Performance: 1812, Arden, Pig Iron, Shakespeare in Clark Park (six seasons), Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, The Peek A Boo Revue. Associate Artist: Bearded Ladies Cabaret. Touring backing vocals: Peter Matthew Bauer (opener, The War on Drugs/Delta Spirit). Three-time Barrymore nominee, Outstanding Ensemble in a Play. Outstanding New Play nomination, Those With 2 Clocks (then as A Hard Time, co-written by Conda, Mel Krodman and Jenn Kidwell for Pig Iron/Fringe Arts), 2019. Philadelphia Magazine: Best Stage Talents to See, 2013. Leeway Foundation Art & Change Grant, 2021.  

Jess is currently Learning and Unlearning while working as an Artist and K-8 Arts Educator on the unceded Lenni Lenape land currently known as Philadelphia.