Projects In Development

Gilgamesh and Enkidu

Devised performance by Ahmed Moneka (Romeo and Juliet in Baghdad, Iraqi Theatre Company/Royal Shakespeare Company; The Abduction from the Seraglio, Canadian Opera Company/Wajdi Mouawad) and Jesse LaVercombe, directed by Seth Bockley (2666, Goodman Theatre, Chicago; February House, The Public Theatre, NYC).

            Workshop - The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, December 2018

            Pivot Arts Festival, Chicago, June 2019

Hallelujah, It’s Holly (or, A Judeo-Unitarian Verbatim Representation of the Rise and Fall of Holly from Hamilton)

Three-act play, developed through Driftwood Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence Program, with dramaturgical support from Daniel Brooks, Aaron Willis, and four public readings in 2017/18, directed by Andrea Donaldson, featuring the Driftwood Company.


Two-act musical, book, music and lyrics by Jesse LaVercombe and Adrian Shepherd-Gawinski, commissioned by YES Theatre, workshop in August 2018 with direction by Robert McQueen


Completed Projects


Love Me Forever Billy H. Tender – Director: Adam Lazarus, Dramaturge: Guillermo Verdecchia, Design: Beth Kates

  • New York International Fringe Festival, August 2016
    • Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, New York Theatre Guide, Theatre in the Now, Broadway World, and more.
  • Kick & Push Festival, August 2017
  • Videofag, January 2016

A Presence of MonsterPuSh International Performing Arts Festival, 2014 (co-creator, Directed by David Bloom)

Donny’s Second Book – Saint Thomas University, 2012 (co-author with Step Taylor)


Short Plays:

The QuestionThe Theatre Centre, Daughter Fundraiser, 2018

Alex & Ted – Performed by the Howland Company, Toronto, 2017

Bee Keeping with Millennials – Toronto Monologue Slam, 2017

I Hear You – Feminist Debaters 2017, Toronto

#MCAA (Make Canada America Again) – Wrecking Ball #21, Toronto, 2016

The Return – Wrecking Ball #20, Toronto, 2016

Preacher Man – Directed by Adam Lazarus

  • United Solo Festival, New York, 2013
    • **Winner of the Best Short Solo Award**
  • Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2013
  • Toronto Festival of Clowns, 2012
  • Saint Thomas University, 2012
  • National Theatre School, 2012


Short Films:

“The Things You Think I’m Thinking” – 14 minute drama, Directed by Sherren Lee, Produced by Meraki Moving Pictures, 2017


  • **International Shorts Grand Jury Prize** - Outfest, Los Angeles, 2018
  • **Special Jury Prize** - Canadian Film Festival 2018
  • **Best Canadian Short** - Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2018
  • **AWFJ EDA Award** - Whistler Film Festival 2017
  • **Multicultural Golden Sheaf Award** **Best Director Fiction - Award** + Nominations for Short Subject (Fiction), Kathleen Shannon Award, and Best of Fest - Yorkton Film Festival 2018
  • **Best Canadian Short** - OUTeast Queer Film Festival 2018

Official Selections:

  • SXSW 2018 (Grand Jury Award Nominee)
  • Slamdance 2018
  • BFI Flare: London 2018
  • Outfest Los Angeles 2018
  • TIFF Short Cuts: Love Letters and Mixtapes 2018
  • NewFilmmakers Los Angeles Monthly Film Festival 2018
  • Dawson City International Short Film Festival 2018
  • Atlanta Film Festival 2018
  • CinemaQ Film Festival 2018
  • Interrobang Film Festival 2018
  • Snake Alley Festival of Film 2018
  • Athens International Film + Video Festival 2018
  • Sarasota Film Festival 2018
  • Breakthroughs Film Festival 2018
  • OUTshine Film Festival Miami 2018
  • Lovers Film Festival Torino LGBTQI Visions 2018
  • Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018
  • KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2018
  • Mostra FIRE!! 2018
  • Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Breakthrough Film Festival 2018
  • Out Here Now 2018: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival (Celebration of Courage Award for Short Film - FINALIST)
  • Oaxaca FilmFest 2017
  • PREMIERE: Atlantic International Film Festival 2017 

“Philip” – 5 minute comedy, Directed by Sherren Lee, Produced by the Canadian Film Centre, 2016

“Tony” – 5 minute drama, Directed by Adam Goldhammer, Produced by the Canadian Film Centre, 2016



“Life’s Too Short to be a Douchenozzle” – Intermission Magazine*, March 31st, 2017

“Bluit Nanche” – Intermission Magazine, October 21st, 2016

Naked Men on Small Stages” – Intermission Magazine, May 12th, 2016

*Former Contributing Editor



Do What You Love – Created and Performed by Nathaniel Justiniano/Naked Empire Bouffon Company, San Francisco (in collaboration with Robert Rosen, Adam Lazarus, Jesse LaVercombe & Gabriel McKinney)

  •        Intrepid Theatre's Uno Fest, Victoria, BC, 2017
  •        Vancouver Fringe Festival, 2017
  •        Shotgun's BLAST Festival, Berkeley, CA, 2016
  •        PianoFight, San Francisco, 2016

The Life of Jude – SummerWorks Festival 2013, Toronto (composer, with Adrian Shepherd)     

       Published by Scirocco Drama, 2014

Fishing – Montreal Fringe Festival, What She Said Productions, 2017 (co-director)

Dinner Parties – Vancouver Art Gallery as part of FUSE: Crowd Studies, 2013 (co-creator)



Jesse's acting work in theatre has almost entirely been in new plays, including premieres at Tarragon, Blyth, Jungle Theater (Minneapolis), SummerWorks, PuSh Festival, Red Sky Performance, Caravan Stage Company, and Videofag. He also works extensively in the development of new theatre and film and has workshopped scripts with Nightwood, Factory, Buddies in Bad Times, Tarragon, Crow’s Theatre, 4th Line, Why Not Theatre, Canadian Film Centre, Black Women Film, National Theatre School, and more.