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I'm Jess Hutchinson (she/her) and I've played many roles over more than 20 years of work in the arts, culture, and nonprofit space.

I am currently pursuing a Master's in Social Sector Leadership and Non-Profit Management at the University of Chicago. I am a devoted Chicagoan (living on the unceded territory of the Three Fires Council), the lucky wife of a brilliant sommelier, and proud mother of cats Ron Santo and Mayor Anton Cermak.

I am currently looking for my next professional adventure.

The arts create empathy - and empathy is the primer coat for authentic social change.

Let's Collaborate.

After nearly six years in various capacities at National New Play Network,

I am searching for my next role.

I love to work collaboratively with teams to establish and/or interrogate the systems and processes we use to get work done


Driven by a belief that work, especially in nonprofits, can be humane, anti-racist, and sustainable, I center compassion, community care, and vulnerability in my work whether I'm directing a new play workshop, teaching a university course, producing a virtual conference, or building relationships with major donors. 


Do you know of a role that aligns with these beliefs and values?


If so, please get in touch.

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Learn more about my work as a director of new plays & the classics here.

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Learn more about my past professional experience here


Check out the kinds of projects & processes I love to co-create.


Let's get coffee.

Whether virtually or on one of Chicago's gorgeous patios, I love to hear from potential collaborators.

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