Multi-talented artist does it again as recipient of Marion Fellowship Award

Jessica Kahkoska

Jessica Kahkoska, a New York-based writer, playwright/researcher and producer for theater and television, has been named a Marion Fellow for 2022 for her project “Dream: A New Musical”. This is her second Marion International Fellowship, having also received one in 2017.

Ms Kahkoska describes ‘Dream’ as a ‘modern musical reboot of Shakespeare’s most defining summer comedy – ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ – set at a giant music festival, Coachella, in the woods. . Following four teenagers as they sneak into the festival for the first time, ‘Dream’ is set in a thrilling, thrilling world of mistaken identities, festival mayhem, uplifting music and summer night magic.

As a Marion Fellow, Kahkoska will be supported for over a year on an artistic journey through many of the different institutions connected by the Marion Fellowship, including Chautauqua Institution, Ucross, Alley Theatre, University of the Arts Alberta and finally, SUNY Fredonia, where she will present in the fall of 2023.

Kahkoska’s theater projects include “Wild Fire,” which had its world premiere at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with History Colorado); “Front Range Fables,” Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; “Letters to the President,” Great Hall to Cooper Union; “Agent 355”, with Preston Max Allen, Chautauqua Theater Company, New York Stage and Film; “In Her Bones,” Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center for the Performing Arts; “The Death of Desert Rose,” with Elliah Heifetz, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat; and “Nia,” coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, among others.

His work has been developed and presented at Ars Nova ANT Fest, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre, Roundabout Theater Company, the Drama League, Goodspeed Musicals, Village Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Phoenix Theater Company, the American Music Theater Project at Northwestern University and others.

Kahkoska has previously received a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, a Marsico Visiting Fellowship at the University of Denver, the first Powered by Off-Center Residency, and the 2017 Marion International Fellowship for Visual and Performing Arts.

In television, Kahkoska is currently a writer and associate producer of series/films in production at CNN, Discovery Networks, Discovery+, Magilla Entertainment and Anchor Media. She holds a BA from Northwestern University, is currently working on her MBA at SUNY New Paltz, and is a proud faculty member at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. Additional information is available on its website.

The Marion International Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts was established through the Fredonia College Foundation by philanthropists and strong supporters of the arts and education, SUNY Fredonia alumnus Cathy and Jesse Marion.

More information about the scholarship is available online.

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