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Emperor of Ocean Park, Episode 7, Vanderbilt / Co-Star

Dir. Quyen Tran


Emperor of Ocean Park, Episode 3, Newspaper Editor/ Featured

Dir. Damian Marcano


Chicago Fire, S5 Episode 3, Teri Martin / Co Star

Dir. Joe Chappelle



Flower (Lead)

Dir. Tom Duncan

Twin City Pictures, UK

Choc Bloc (Lead)

Dir. Gwen Thurstan

RCS Films, UK

Remember Our Days (Supporting)

Dir. John Rangel

Park Side Films

The Defiled (Supporting)

Dir., Julian Grant

Julian Grant Productions

Cutter (Lead)

Dir. Mark Mavrothalasitis

Studio 22


Long Roofing (Mom)


Tim Roper

Dyson Inc (Mom)

Deputy Inc

Ben Hansford

Illinois Lottery (Spa Customer)

Public Record

Julian King


The Mousetrap

Court Theatre, Chicago

Dir. Sean Graney

Support Group For Men (Caruso/US)

Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Dir. Kimberly Senior

Twelfth Night (Maria/Feste)

Montana Shakespeare in the Schools

Dir. Marti Lyons

Spotlight Reading

Court Theatre, Chicago

Dir. Ron OJ Parsons

Daphne's Sunset (Daphne)

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival

Dir. Mark Lococo

Walk the Night: Midsummer (Hippolyta/Oberon)

Blue Barn Theatre

Dir. Spencer Williams

No Candy (Zlata)

Roundabout Theartre, NYC

Dir. Devon de Mayo

No Candy (Zlata)

Signature Theatre, NYC (Thesis Festival)

dir. Devon de Mayo

Educating Rita (Rita)

Citadel Theatre, Chicago

dir. Mark Lococo

Our Country's Good (Liz Morden)

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

dir. Gerry Mulgrew

Comedy of Errors (Courtesan)

Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow

dir. Gordon Barr

Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet)

Teatro Vista, Chicago

dir. Ricardo Gutierrez

The Rose Tattoo (Ms. Yorke/Violetta)

Shattered Globe

dir. Greg Vinkler

Frost/Nixon (Evonne Goolagong)

Timeline Theatre

dir. Louis Contey

The Farnsworth Invention (US All Women's Roles)

Timeline Theatre

dir. Nick Bowling

Orpheus Descending (Beulah)

Shattered Globe

dir. Julianne Ehre

The Water Engine (Nov. 2010)

Theatre Seven

dir. Brian Golden

Mimesophobia (Woman Who Speaks)

Theatre Seven

dir. Margot Bordelon

Bolero (woman)

Studio Theatre, Chicago

dir. Kimberly Senior

Hot L Baltimore (The Girl)

Studio Theatre, Chicago

dir. Ann Filmer



Big Sandy Podcast Series

Aaron Greer

Jess Thigpen has been based in the Chicago area for over 20 years where she has acted in numerous projects for film and theatre. She can be seen in the upcoming Emperor of Ocean Park on MGM+. In Chicago, she's performed at Goodman, Court, and Timeline Theatre. She is a graduate with Distinction from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has been onstage in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London. Jess works as a Theatre Professor at Loyola University Chicago and recently directed at The Theatre School Depaul.

Physical Characteristics / Measurements

Height: 5'2"

Weight: 130 lbs

Eyes: Brown

Hair Color: Brown

Hair Length: Short


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