Jess joined the Ensemble in 2019 and made her A Red Orchid debut directing Fulfillment Center by Abe Koogler.
Jess is also the Resident Director of Hamilton Chicago. Upcoming shows include Hansol Jung’s Wolf Play (The Gift Theatre), Idris Goodwin’s Hype Man(Actors Theatre of Louisville), and Earth To Kenzie (Lyric Opera of Chicago). Chicago credits include Paola Lazaro-Munoz’s There’s Always the Hudson (Goodman, New Stages), Sharyn Rothstein’s Landladies (Northlight), Stacy Oesi-Kuffour’s Hang Man (The Gift), Idris Goodwin’s How We Got On (Haven), Season on the Line (The House), Short Shakes! A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CST), Kevin Coval’s L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens), Venus (Steppenwolf Next Up!), Lauren Yee’s in a word (Strawdog), Fugitive Songs, The Pajama Game (The Music Theatre Company); and Marry Me A Little (Porchlight). New York credits include work by Joyce Carol Oates, Rachel Axler, Harrison David Rivers, and The Unauthorized Musicology of Ben Folds at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, where she served as Director of Programming from 2005-08. An avid teaching artist and believer in youth and community engagement, McLeod has also worked with Storycatchers Theatre,Young Chicago Authors, and Chicago Voices, and was the 2017 Michael Maggio Directing Fellow (Goodman Theatre) and the 2018 Next Generation Samuel G. Roberson Artistic Fellow (Victory Gardens). M.F.A., Northwestern University.