Jessika Malone is the Office Manager for the Department of Theatre and Dance. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Drama with a Minor in Education from Belmont University, where she was named the 2007 Outstanding Graduating Senior in Theatre. Having previously served as the Business Manager, she is now the Artistic Associate at Actors Bridge as well as a co-founder and the Program Director for the Sideshow Fringe Festival.
Jessika’s professional acting credits include Actors Bridge Ensemble's productions of Much Ado About Nothing, A Bright Room Called Day, Marisol, Simpatico, Vincent in Brixton (Named one of Broadway World's Top Ten Plays of 2010), and Sailor’s Song. Her performances have been noted as “fervent” and “sympathetic” by The Nashville Scene and hailed as “absolute perfection” by Broadway World. Her professional directing credits include the Nashville premieres of Wonder of the World, The Book of Liz, My First Time, and Reckless, among others. Her direction of Actors Bridge Ensemble and Belmont University’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice was named the 2011 Best of Nashville by the Nashville Scene. The Tennessean called her 2012 production of The House of Bernarda Alba “thoroughly engrossing, an evening of gripping drama” and Broadway World called it “fascinating and mesmerizing” for its incorporation of shadow puppetry in a new interpretation of the modern classic. She has been named as one of First Night’s Unsung Heroes of Nashville Theatre and has received recognitions of excellence from Nashville’s First Night Awards for many productions she has produced.
Additionally, Jessika is honored to assist with Act Like a GRRRL (an autobiographical writing and performance program for teenage girls) and produce their performances at Belmont University’s Black Box Theater and co-lead the Sideshow @ Actors Bridge program for emerging theatre professionals. She is a proud member of Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honors Society, and is a co-director of Belmont University’s Repertory Theatre Company where she produces educational theatre outreach programming for K-4 audiences. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Non-Profit Leadership.