Jesse LaVercombe is an award-winning, Toronto-based writer and actor originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His play Preacher Man was produced in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Fredericton, and NYC, where it won the United Solo Festival’s **Best Short Solo Award,** and Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender was produced in Toronto, Kingston, ON and NYC, where it received praise from The New York Times, Stage Buddy, Broadway World, NY Theatre Guide, and more. His short film, "The Things You Think I'm Thinking," has so far won eleven festival awards including the **International Shorts Grand Jury Prize** at Outfest, LA (qualifying it for the 2019 Academy Awards) and has been Officially Selected at over forty festivals internationally (including SXSW, Slamdance, and BFI Flare: London). He is a former writer-in-residence for Driftwood Theatre, is currently under commission by YES Theatre to write a new musical with Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski, and his upcoming adaptation of The Epic of Gilgamesh with Seth Bockley and Ahmed Moneka will be workshopped at The Tarragon in Toronto, The Guthrie in Minneapolis, and premiere in 2019 at the Pivot Arts Festival in Chicago.

Stage acting credits include: BunnyHamlet, Sequence (Tarragon Theatre, Toronto) The Bakkhai (Marigny Opera House, New Orleans), The Ark: Ibsen on Fogo Island (National Arts Centre), Angels in American Part l and ll, (New Stages), The Wickhams (Jungle Theater, Minneapolis), Mistatim (Red Sky, Canadian Tour), Hacked (Caravan Stage, U.S. Tour); TV: American Gods, The Detail, Salvation, Mayday, Save Me; Feature Films: Queen of the Morning Calm, Mary Goes Round, Flowers in the Field, The Telephone Game, In Clamatore. TrainingNational Theatre School, Canadian Film Centre

 photo credit: Cylla Von Tiedemann

photo credit: Cylla Von Tiedemann