Director of Finance and Operations
Jessica Wiseman (she/her) brings 14 years of nonprofit administration and arts management experience to her role as Director of Finance & Operations at the American Shakespeare Center. A transplant from the Midwest, Jessica studied theatre and voice performance at the University of Kansas and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Commercial work, new works performances, and a day job as a First Hand in one of Broadway’s leading costume shops filled the next few years before moving to Virginia with her family. Jessica spent a lively 9 seasons as General Manager with the Virginia Glee Club, restructuring fundamental elements of support and making sure all involved had a rollicking good time! Most recently, she developed new operations at the UVA Alumni Association that help deepen alumni relationships and increase outreach to underenrolled populations.
Jessica is honored to be a part of the Management Group at ASC, working alongside the creative and capable minds leading each sector of our collective magicmaking.
Fun fact: Jessica’s DNA is in the Smithsonian collection. Jessica constructed costumes for the original cast of The Lion King and other shows on stage and screen. You can see her work (and literal blood, sweat, and tears!) at the American History Museum when ‘Rafiki’ is on display.