Jessica Nakamura received her Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Swarthmore College, her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Asian Theater with an emphasis in directing, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University.
Jessica's research focuses on Japanese theater and performance. She is currently at work on a manuscript about performances of World War II memories in contemporary Japan. Her essays and performance reviews have appeared Performance Research and Theatre Journal.
Jessica has trained in Japanese Dance, Chinese Beijing Opera, and Indonesian Dance. Her directing work includes productions of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yermaand Gao Xingjian's Wild Man; she most recently translated and directed Family Portrait by contemporary Japanese playwright Shu Matsui.