Jessica Heidt (Director) is thrilled to be making her Jewel Theater debut with Hello and Goodbye, and she is equally thrilled to be spending time in the land of her alma mater, UCSC. Ms. Heidt is an award winning director, producer and casting director. She is currently based in San Francisco, where she is the Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Climate Theater. Prior to Climate, she served as Associate Artistic Director of Magic Theatre, where she contributed to the development and production of over 50 new plays, and countless developmental readings, and workshops. For Magic Theatre she directed world premiere productions by Taylor Mac (Lily’s Revenge), Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed, Territories) and Chantal Bilodeau (Pleasure and Pain). At Climate Theater and the New York Musical Theater Festival she recently directed the world premiere rock musical, The Man of Rock by Daniel Heath and Ken Flagg. Previous Climate directing projects include The Bright River by Tim Barsky (Climate/Brava), and (((Jawvox))) by Joshua Walters. She has also directed at Aurora Theatre (Collapse by Allison Moore), Brava Theater, AlterTheatre, Abydos, Playground, CenterRep, New Harmony Project, BAPF, The Lark/NY Stage & Film, SF Playhouse, and Snap Judgment Productions (NPR). SF Weekly named her Best Director in 2007. She was a member of the 2002 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. She has worked as a casting director with many Bay Area film and theater companies including Aurora Theatre, BBC Radio, Encore Theatre, Magic Theatre, Reflective Films, SF Playhouse, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Theater on the Square, and Traveling Jewish Theater. She has taught at University of San Francisco, San Jose State University, Film Acting Bay Area, and American Conservatory Theater.