Jessica D. Shields is an award-winning writer and director originally from Atlanta, Georgia.
She is a 2019-2020 HBOAccess Writing Fellow and Women in Film INSIGHT Fellow as well as the recipient of the 2019 HUMANITAS Prize Drama Fellowship.
Jessica has directed films across the US and Asia. Her forthcoming directorial project, RENÉ & JAZ is supported by the Women in Film Production Program, where she is a Directing Fellow.
Jessica is a former Project Involve Screenwriting Fellow (Film Independent), during which time she penned the short film WEDNESDAY, which premiered at the 2019 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) as a finalist for the HBO Short Film Competition. WEDNESDAY will air and stream on HBO platforms in 2020.
Jessica participated in the Moving Picture Institute Pilot Workshop in 2018. She was a finalist for the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund (2017), IFP No Borders (2017), and the Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition (2017).
As a theatre artist she worked in dramaturgy and literary management with prominent regional theaters including the Tony-Award winning Alliance Theatre, Nashville Reparatory Theatre, 7 Stages Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre.
Jessica received her MFA in Film: Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University.