FSU Music Theatre alum Jessica Lea Patty returns this spring to direct and choreograph the School of Theatre’s spring musical, The Addams Family. Jessica is a 7 time Broadway veteran, teaching artist and choreographer. She was last seen on Broadway in the Tony Award® winning production Bandstand where she played Jo. Jessica was in the Broadway revival of EVITA starring Ricky Martin where she understudied and performed the title role of Eva Peron, as well as starring as the Cassie alternate in the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line. Her other Broadway credits include The Boy From Oz starring Hugh Jackman and the original Broadway companies of The People In The Picture, 9 to 5: The Musical, and The Addams Family.
As an original member of The Addams Family, Jessica was with the show throughout its journey from a workshop table reading to the pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago, and ultimately to its home on Broadway. She created the original Flapper Ancestor and understudied both Morticia & Wednesday Addams played by Bebe Neuwirth and Krysta Rodriguez respectively.
Jessica has numerous regional & NYC stage credits including City Center Encores! & the NY Philharmonic as well as touring nationally w/ Cats & Fosse. Jessica has also made numerous television appearances including five Tony Awards telecasts, Dancing with The Stars, The Kennedy Center Honors, The View, and Good Morning America. In film, she will make her onscreen debut this fall in Backseat starring Christian Bale and Amy Adams. Jessica has taught musical theatre workshops & masterclasses all over the country most notably for The Broadway Artists Alliance, Broadway Workshop, University of California Irvine, Florida State, and The Performing Arts Project among others.
The School of Theatre’s spring musical, The Addams Family, runs from February 16 – March 4 in the Fallon Theatre. For more information on the performance, visit theatre.fsu.edu. To learn more about Jessica, visit www.jessicaleapatty.com.