Writer • Performer • educator

Jessica Laskey

​In addition to writing and performing, I've held a variety of other positions. Below you'll find a snapshot of my CV.

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EDUCATION


University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor’s Degree in English, Minor in Theater


EMPLOYMENT

January 2021 -         Special Sections Editor, Comstock's Magazine

(ongoing)                  Plan, schedule, write and edit monthly sponsored sections with clients including regional trade groups, nonprofits, educational institutions and more.

May 2007 -              Freelance Writer, Sacramento, Sactown and Comstock’s Magazines

(ongoing)                 Write profiles and articles on the arts, home design, real estate, tech, COVID-19, business trends and food.

June 2007 -              Monthly Column Writer, Inside Sacramento
(ongoing)                  Write monthly arts column, city columns and freelance profiles.

August 2019 -          Program Manager, Arts & Letters Live, Dallas Museum of Art

November 2019       Plan, schedule and host fall season of Arts & Letters Live, a literary and performing arts series that features award-winning authors and performers of

                                regional, national and international acclaim, including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Tim O'Brien and more.


September 2009 -   Standardized Patient and Trainer, UC Davis Medical Center School of Medicine
August 2019            Perform mock cases with medical students, provide feedback and work with faculty to remediate students; also train cases and monitor SPs.


Jan - May 2019        Instructor, Drama Therapy, Rio Valley Charter School
                                Lead group drama classes based in movement, voice and empathy.

November 2018       Writer and On-Air Talent, Rancho Cordova Travel & Tourism
                                Write script for domestic and international (France) advertising spots, perform as on-air talent for domestic spot.


June 2015                Editorial Contributor, Inside Sacramento Book, Ed. 1 & 2
                                Write editorial content for both editions of Inside Sacramento: The Most Interesting Neighborhood Places in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

September 2014 -   Theater Instructor, Lycée Paul Claudel
May 2015                 Teach practical theater class in English to children ages 11-14 at private middle/high school in Paris (France).

August 2012 -           Leadership Giving Officer, KVIE Public Television
April 2014                 Provide major donor relations and cultivation for the northern California PBS affiliate station (Salesforce database); write and execute grants;

                                  plan literacy workshops for thousands of low-income families; on-air and voiceover talent.

September 2011 -     Program Coordinator, ArtWise
March 2012              Coordinate afterschool art classes in regional elementary schools; develop curriculum and teach hands-on drawing classes for students, grades K-6;

                                 data tracking with THRIVA Management and Tracking Services, Quickbooks.

June 2010                ESL Instructor, NACEL American Village
                                English-language instruction for native French-speaking students, ages 9-14, in summer camp setting in the Pyrenees Mountains (France).

December 2009 -    College Prep Tutor, San Juan Unified School District
June 2010                Small-group instruction for a total of 50 students, grades 9-12, in multiple subjects (e.g. English, Spanish, French, algebra, business, history).

February 2009 -      Membership Assistant, Sacramento Zoological Society
June 2010               Provide customer service support to 10,000+ member database; data entry (Raiser’s Edge); marketing; event planning.

July 2007-               Education Associate/Resident Playwright, Sacramento Theatre Company
January 2009          Assist education staff with STC-2 School of the Arts, Sacramento Theatre Company’s young professionals program.
Write and present pre-performance

                                prologue series; write and design collateral material; direct youth literacy program and productions; write educational productions; coordinate schedules and

                                production tours; teach master classes.

June - August 2006  Editorial Intern, Sacramento Magazine
                                 Write feature articles and profiles; research and fact-check stories; create back-issue index system.

June - August 2005  Instructor, Sacramento Zoological Society                              

                                 Teach Zoo Camp classes for children ages 5-12; create class syllabi and conduct animal encounters.

September 2003 -   Editorial Assistant, Goldman Communications, Inc.
September 2011      Perform a variety of duties for Sacramento Business Journal Top 25 public relations/marketing firm (family-owned),

                                including editorial assistance; on-air talent for television and radio commercials; musical direction.

BOARDS/PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

​March 2020 -          Casting Director, Board Member, Stories on Stage Sacramento

(ongoing)                 Readers’ theater nonprofit based in Sacramento, CA, which hires professional actors to read short stories and novel excerpts from established

                                and emerging writers. Also perform as an actor.


September 2018 -   Board Member, Stories on Stage Davis
August 2019            Readers’ theater nonprofit based in Davis, CA, which hires professional actors to read short stories and novel excerpts

                                from established and emerging writers. Also perform as an actor.

2011 -                     Member, Actors’ Equity Association

(ongoing)                 Dues-paying member of labor union representing American actors and stage managers in the theater since 1913.

HONORS/AWARDS

2006 -                    Golden Key International Member
(ongoing)                 Membership based on university GPA.


May 2003                Washington University in St. Louis Book Award
                                Awarded for "academic achievement, intellectual promise, leadership and personal character."

May 2003                International Thespian Society Honor Thespian
                                Awarded an Honor Bar for working more than 600 hours in the theater.

SPECIAL SKILLS

Languages: Fluent in French, some Spanish

Computer: Skilled in Microsoft Office suite, design programs (Adobe, Photoshop, Publisher), database systems including Raiser’s Edge, THRIVA Management, Quickbooks, Salesforce; social media savvy