Jessica Medoff is breaking down barriers, showing her multi-dimensional talents and emotional depth as an actress of stage and screen. She is praised as a performer who, “skillfully employs her trademark vocal versatility to wring out every drop of emotion…”(Harold Journal), and is sought after throughout the United States for her impressive vocal background and dramatic commitment. Lauded for her diversity as singing actor, she is continually engaged in an impressive array of roles, both comedic and dramatic, among performing arts companies and producers spanning film, television, theatre, and opera.
Her most recent musical theater engagements include Aldonza in Man of La Mancha with both the Arizona Broadway Theater and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, a “wonderfully played” Desirée in A Little Night Music with The Princeton Festival, Heidi in [title of show] for which she was nominated as best actress in a musical by Broadway World - Nashville, Mayzie La Bird in Seussical and Nettie Fowler in Carousel with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. She spent the summer on the high seas with Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion as a cast member during the shows annual cruise to the Netherlands, Scotland and Norway.
She and her husband pianist Michael Bunchman are creators of two original cabarets, The Truth About Love…and the Usual Lies and Gershwin and Beyond. Critics and audiences alike have raved about their “seamless collaboration” and in a review of The Truth About Love Jon Sobel of blogcritics says “If Jessica Medoff does not have a fan club, someone should start one”.
Jessica holds two degrees in Classical Vocal Performance. Favorite operatic roles include Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Giulietta in Verdi’s Un Giorno di Regno, and Marguerite in Faust. On the concert stage she has twice been honored to sing the soloist in the Faure Requiem in Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Incredibly active as a POPS soloist she has had the opportunity to star with many orchestras including New Haven Symphony, Ridgefield Symphony, Breckenridge Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival with Maestro David Zinman, and the Las Cruces Symphony.
As an actress Jessica originated the roles of Paula Strasberg, Louella Parsons, and Jackie Kennedy in the world première of a revealing new play Marilee and Baby Lamb: The Assassination of an American Goddess written by Tony Award winner Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God). Starring in a new movie The Heart Outright, recently released on Amazon, Medoff takes on the role of Angel Childress. Her vulnerable and heart warming performance has been heralded as “impeccable”. She also recently starred as Helen in the short film The Wall in the Garden, a groundbreaking sci-fi mystery.