This lecture is part of the 11-week "Lookout: Envisioning Futures with Wildfire" lecture series exploring how we are shaping this era of megafires and how it is shaping us. The series features speakers from across the arts, humanities, and environmental sciences. It is hosted by the Spring Creek Project and the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University and co-sponsored by OSU's Center for the Humanities, OSU's Sustainability Office, OSU's Arts and Education Complex, and Terrain.org.
Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg, and researcher most interested in projects driven by interdisciplinary research, community collaboration, and her love of the American West. Theatre projects include Wild Fire (Denver Center for the Performing Art in partnership with History Colorado), Front Range Fables (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center), Letters to the President (The Great Hall at Cooper Union), Agent 355 (with Preston Max Allen, New York Stage and Film), In Her Bones (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), The Death of Desert Rose (with Elliah Heifetz, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship), Nia (Upcoming: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Baba Yaga (Upcoming: Iowa State University), and others. She has received the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, a RedLine Contemporary Arts Center "Arts-in-Society" grant, the Marion International Fellowship, Writer-in-Residence at Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, and held creative residencies at Denver University, the American Music Theatre Project, Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, Goodspeed Musicals, the Chautauqua Institution, and the UCROSS Foundation. In television, she has written and researched for Discovery+, Half Yard, Velocity Creatives, Reda Films, HardPin Media, and AMC/Sundance Networks.