Jessica D. Shields is an Atlanta native, LA-based multidisciplinary writer, filmmaker, and game narrative designer. She is a MFA candidate in the Screenwriting/Directing program at Columbia University with a concentration in Television Writing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in English and Theatre.
In addition to directing five short films Jessica has worked on productions throughout Asia and the United States. As a theatre artist she worked in dramaturgy and literary management with prominent regional theaters including the Nashville Reparatory Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theatre.
Jessica is currently a Screenwriting Fellow in Film Independent's Project Involve. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Treatment winner and a Humanitas Prize nominee. Her pilot Rue Pigalle was a finalist in the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition. Her work has advanced in competitions and development labs including the Sundance Episodic and Screenwriting Labs, Sundance Sloan Commissioning Grant, Austin Film Festival, IFP No Borders, and the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund among others.