Jessica Ervin

Actor + Children's Writer

"Ervin's [performance vibrates] with honesty and restlessness."

—Chicago Tribune

Jessica Ervin is a Chicago-based actor, working in theatre, film, and television. An ensemble member at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Jessica received an equity Jeff nomination for her portrayal of Ester in Dry Land. She has also been seen on stage at Rivendell in other productions, readings, and as an understudy. Other theatre work includes roles with A Red Orchid Theatre, American Blues Theater, Walkabout Theatre, Route 66, Prop Thtr, MCA, The Public House, and Blue Goose Theatre Ensemble. On screen, Jessica has appeared on Chicago Fire (NBC), and in the films Princess Cyd, Teacher, Provo, and Stalled, in addition to other shorts.

Originally from northern Kentucky, Jessica is a recent graduate of The School at Steppenwolf, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ball State University, where she received her B.F.A. in Acting. At School at Steppenwolf, Jessica focused on work in Viewpoints, Meisner, and improvisation, as well as other coursework in movement, text analysis, and voice. During her time at Ball State, she spent several years studying Devising, Suzuki, Shakespeare, Grotowski, slow tempo, Lecoq, and contemporary drama. Her love of learning and work ethic have continued to flourish in Chicago where she has also taken classes at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre under Larry Yando and Kevin Gudahl, as well as workshops with J.C. Clementz, Maura Kidwell, and Nick Bowling. When not pursuing acting, Jessica writes children’s books and plays the ukulele.

Recent News:

  • Jessica will be portraying the role of Violet in the upcoming short film, New Normal.

  • Jessica appeared in American Blues Theater's staged reading of On the Greenbelt by Karissa Murrell Myers.

  • Jessica will be portraying the role of Kathryn in director Emma Thatcher's upcoming feature film, Provo.

  • Jessica appeared in Season 8, Episode 8 of NBC's Chicago Fire in the role of Stephanie. Watch her scene.

  • Jessica appeared in a public staged reading of The Women of White Chapel, a new play by Kate Black-Spence and Chris Brickhouse.

  • Jessica appeared in Dammsuga, a short operetta adapted by Elena Sindler from a vacuum cleaner advertisement from 1915 and directed by Dado for the Museum of Contemporary Art/Prop Thtr's Storefront Project.

  • Jessica graduated from The School at Steppenwolf.