Jessica Somersall

Jessica Somersall is an Actress and Writer who has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Drama and Film Media studies from Queens University. Her passion for diversifying Theatre and Film comes from the lack of representation and exposure for racialized peoples in these mediums. Her time abroad in The Netherlands and across Europe helped centralized her interest in diversifying past colonial mediums to breathe new life in the progression of representation for BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Colour). Being able to tell and share stories about people of colour inspired her to be an actress and writer. Some of her recent acting credits include: Yikes Theatre Company table read of Amanda Parris’s Other Side of the Game, and Yikes Theatre Company table read of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf. Her dedication to these projects has helped influenced her experience in activist theatre. She had the privilege of studying and writing works about theatre and film through the lens of activism, with some of her works focus on diversifying the lens of cinema and theatre. Some of her recent works include: ‘Black Women Can Be Loved,’ ‘Indigenous Representation is Needed,’ and ‘The Adultification Of Black Children.’ All-encompassing the prevalence of BIPOC representation to be prevalent in everyday consumption of Theatre and Film production.