Jesse Rasmussen is a New York-based director, writer, and lyricist originally hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Since moving to New York in June 2017, she directed Jeremy O. Harris’ Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1 at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and Harris' play in development; If You Fuck Me, Call Me Kathy at PSNY. She also wrote lyrics for Four Larks' Katabasis at The Getty Villa in LA (Nov 2018). In 2019 she will be directing Tori Sampson's Cadillac Crew at Yale Repertory Theatre and a new play by Jeremy O. Harris at the Bushwick Starr. Jesse is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, (MFA, Directing) where she directed John Ford’s ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Macbeth, This Land Was Made by Tori Sampson and Everything That Never Happened by Sarah Mantell. At Yale Cabaret, she directed David Harrower's Knives in Hens. Jesse served as Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Summer Cabaret’s 2016 season, co-curating a four-play season titled Seven Deadly Sins, where she directed the Manhattan Theatre Project’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, and Sarah Kane's Phaedra’s Love to critical acclaim.
Jesse is a founding member of award-winning theatrical collective Four Larks and has worked with the company as writer, director and co-creator since 2007. Her recent credits as lyricist include Katabasis, Hymns, Undine, and The Temptation of St. Antony. Four Larks has created large-scale future-folk operas in the United States and Australia, with residencies at the Malthouse Theatre (Melbourne), The Getty Villa (LA) and multiple non-traditional spaces on both continents.
Jesse has art directed a series of photographic projects and promotional imagery for theatre works. See Art Direction/Images for projects that Jesse created, directed and designed.
Jesse is a dual citizen and has worked and studied extensively in the United States and Australia. She holds a BA from the University of Melbourne (Writing/Theatre Studies/Literature), a postgraduate diploma in Theatre Creation from The Victorian College of the Arts, and a minor in Theatre from the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a qualified equestrian, with seventeen years as rider, competitor, and instructor.