Jessica Fleitman is a writer of theater, musical theater, television, and comedy.
Her plays have received multiple New York City productions and include The Average-Sized Mermaid (Corwin Award), Deuteranomaly (nominated for 5 PCTF Awards), Word of the Day (commissioned by the Sloan Foundation and Magic Theatre), G Train Exodus (winner of the LIC One Act Play Festival), and Show of Hands (Finalist for the International Jewish Plays Project).
She is a lyricist in the BMI Musical Theatre Advanced Songwriting Workshop, where she and composer Rick Bassett won the 2018 Jerry Harrington Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Musical Theatre. Their work has been featured at NY City Center’s “Front & Center: The Original Musicals of Tomorrow with Tom Kitt,” "A Little New Music" in Los Angeles, Duplex's "In the Works" series and elsewhere. They are currently adapting Jessica's play "The Average-Sized Mermaid" into a new musical comedy.
Jessica was a staff writer on the digital comedy channel Seriously.TV. Her parody PSA "Actual Bathroom User Speaks Up About Trans Bathroom Laws" went viral, garnering 5 million Facebook views and over 100,000 shares within 5 days. Her sketches have been featured in The Huffington Post, LGBTQ Nation, and NewNowNext.
A passionate educator, Jessica has taught playwriting to students of all ages, and is currently an instructor at Princeton Adult School.
Jessica holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she was a Goldberg Fellow and won the Chair's Award for Distinguished Achievement.