Jessica D. Shields is an award-winning writer and filmmaker crafting stories for the screen, stage and page.
Jessica is a 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellow, the recipient of the 2019 HUMANITAS Prize Drama Fellowship and a mentee in the 2019 Women in Film Mentor Program.
She is an alumna of Film Independent’s Project Involve Screenwriting Fellowship, 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 on HBO platforms in 2020.
Jessica participated in the Moving Picture Institute Pilot Workshop in 2018. She was a finalist for the Nantucket Film Festival Showtime Tony Cox Screenwriting Competition (2017), IFP No Borders (2017) and the Tribeca Sloan Filmmaker Fund (2017).
Jessica has directed five short films and has worked on film and television sets across the US and Asia. Her forthcoming short film, RENE & JAZ, was a Shatterbox/Refinery 29 finalist as well as a finalist for the Women in Film Production Program in 2018.
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.
Originally from Atlanta, Jessica received her MFA in Film: Screenwriting & Directing from Columbia University and is an alumna of Vanderbilt University.