Jessica Ervin

Actor + 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 Strawdog Theatre, 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, New Normal, 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 is covering the role of Dani in the World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman's Swing State at The Goodman Theatre.

  • Jessica plays the role of Kathryn in director Emma Thatcher's debut feature film, Provo, which received its world premiere at the Wyoming International Film Festival and was also screened at the Chicago Underground Film Festival.

  • Jessica stars in the short film New Normal which will screen as part of Silicon Beach Film Festival, screened at Philadelphia's TiltShift Film Festival, and is an Official Selection for the All that Moves Film Festival, Symbiotic Film Festival, and Iconic Images Film Festival.

  • Jessica originated the role of Mallory in the world premiere of On the Greenbelt by Karissa Murrell Myers at Strawdog Theatre, directed by Jonathan Berry.

  • Jessica appeared in Bramble Theatre's workshop reading of Evil Perfect by Spencer Huffman.