Courtney Kessler-Jeffrey is a playwright, dresser, and producer. As a writer, her plays have been produced by Taproot Theatre (I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Cyber Zoo: It’s Nothing Personal, and a new adaptation of O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi), Theater Schmeater (Welcome to My Secret Lair), and San Juan Community Theatre (The Dressmaker, Dear Marie Johnston, The Diagnosis). Her latest play, The Department of Soul Reclamation, has been presented as a staged reading in 2017 and 2018.
As a producer, she created and ran the Seattle Play Series, a hyper-local playwriting festival, from 2013-2016 and produced Don’t Split the Party for Transparent Storytelling Theatre in 2018. Currently, she is the Lead Dresser at ACT Theatre and has dressed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Taproot Theatre Co, Seattle Shakespeare Co, Book-It Repertory, and more. She splits her time between Seattle and Friday Harbor, WA.
Her Plays in Print
The Department of Soul Reclamation
It’s Christmas Eve, 1843 at the Department of Soul Reclamation, and the Spirits have been assigned a doozy of a case this year: the legendary miser Ebenezer Scrooge. The Ghost of Christmas Past, self-appointed team leader, thinks this assignment is her punishment for her last disastrous mission. Christmas Future knows this case is going down in the history books as their best ever‒if he can get Past to open up to him, that is. Christmas Present… well, Present is just excited to be working with these department legends. This holiday dramedy is the behind-the-scenes story of the Three Spirits of Christmas who must overcome their differences and work together to transform one soul from being ‘hard and sharp as flint’ to ‘as good a man as the good old city knew.’