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Jesse Marchese

Second-year PhD Student


Jesse Marchese is a second-year PhD student in the Joint PhD Program of the Department of Theatre & Dance at UC San Diego and the Department of Drama at UC Irvine. He received his BA in Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and his MA in Theatre at CUNY Hunter College, where he was twice awarded with the Vera Mowry Roberts Foundation Fellowship for academic excellence. His research interests include twentieth century British and American theater, musical theater, and queer theater history. He is especially interested in plays from the early to mid twentieth century and in providing queer readings of ostensibly heterosexual or non-sexualized plays by gay authors. Jesse is also a theater director and practitioner. From 2017 to 2019, Jesse acted as Executive Director of Astoria Performing Arts Center in Queens, where he produced acclaimed productions of Follies and Caroline, or Change. Prior to his work at APAC, Jesse served as Associate Director of Off-Broadway’s award-winning Mint Theater Company which produces "lost" or neglected plays. In his six seasons with the Mint, Jesse helped to produce nearly fifteen productions, two of which he also directed: The Lucky One by A.A. Milne and The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, which was nominated for two 2015 Drama Desk Awards.


Twentieth Century American, British and Irish Theater, Musical Theatre, Queer Theater


CUNY Hunter