Jessica Austgen (Hannah Jarvis) has previously appeared at Theatreworks in Measure for Measure (Elbow/Abhorson), Miss Julie (Julie) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew). Other credits include: Between Us and Corduroy (DCPA); The Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (Aurora Fox); Men on Boats (Catamounts); Sense and Sensibility, All My Sons, Tartuffe, The Crucible (Arvada Center); As You Like It, Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing (Colorado Shakespeare Festival) and is a cast member at ComedySportz Denver. In addition to her work onstage, her playwriting work includes The Last Apple Tree (Catamounts), Sin Street Social Club (Arvada Center Black Box) and DragON (Off-Center @DCPA). Jessica was nominated for a 2018 Henry Award for her performance in Sense and Sensibility and was named 2018 Theater Person of the Year by the True West Awards.
Jessica Augsten: Mission Viejo, CA.
TW: Home now?
JA: Denver, CO.
TW: Who are your theatre idols?
JA: Aaron Tveit.
TW: Were you ever totally miscast for a role (actors)?
TW: What would you be doing professionally if you were not an actor/designer? JA: I’d being doing one of my other current theater jobs: playwright, improviser and/or teaching artists.
TW: Bucket-list role (for actors) or bucket list show (for designers)?
JA: I want to be on the barricade is Les Miserables.
TW: Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
JA: Any and all swearwords.
TW: Which talent would you most like to have?
JA: I wish I could sing, even the tiniest bit.
TW: What do you consider your greatest achievement?
JA: Having written three plays that have had world premiere productions in Colorado.
TW: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
JA: A beach, my husband and our dogs.
TW: In your next life, you would come back as a…?
JA: A sea otter.
TW: Who are your favorite writers or playwrights?
JA: Martin McDonagh, Nell Benjamin.
TW: What are you listening to on Spotify (iTunes, Sirius, etc) or watching (Netflix, Hulu, Prime) etc?
JA: The Broadway Cast Recording of Moulin Rogue (music), My Favorite Murder (podcast), The Good Place (TV).
TW: What do you hope audiences get out of seeing Arcadia?
JA: That it’s quite funny.
TW: Why does Arcadia matter now?
JA: Because it’s important to remember that we’re all connected, even across time and space.
TW: One thing we should be doing to foster the next generation of theatregoers? JA: Making them feel welcome in theater spaces and letting them know that theater is also for everyone, including them.