Jessica D. Shields is an Atlanta native, LA-based multidisciplinary writer and filmmaker. In addition to directing five short films of her own, she has worked on film and television sets in Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.
Jessica is a Screenwriting Fellow in Film Independent's Project Involve. She is currently a Humanitas Fellowship finalist, a former Humanitas Fellowship nominee and an Alfred P. Sloan Treatment winner. Her pilot Rue Pigalle was a finalist in the Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition and her work has advanced in competitions and development labs including the Sundance Episodic and Screenwriting Labs, the Sundance Sloan Commissioning Grant, Austin Film Festival, IFP No Borders, and the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund among others.
As a theatre artist Jessica worked in dramaturgy, literary management and theatre education with prominent regional theaters including the Nashville Reparatory Theatre, 7 Stages Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theatre.
Jessica received her MFA in Film Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University with a concentration in Television Writing and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University. She is pursuing her second MFA in Creative Writing at Mount Saint Mary's University.
Jessica works as a Game Writer and Narrative Designer.