Jess Godwin is a singer/songwriter proud to call Chicago her home. She is honored to be the recipient of a 2016 3Arts Award. This January, she will present her "Muses" project, a theatre/pop music hybrid of songs and stories based on conversations with friends, as a part of Steppenwolf's LookOut series. In 2014, she started the "Godwin Anthology," a series of DIY videos, artwork, service projects, and stories dedicated to the important people in her life. Over the past six years, Jess has released five EPs and one self-produced album.
Jess has performed on several Chicago stages including Auditorium Theatre, Chicago Theatre, Mayne Stage, Double Door, Subterranean, Wilmette Theatre, and Bottom Lounge. Tour cities and venues include NYC, LA, Atlanta, SXSW, VOODOOFEST, Denver, Toronto, Detroit, Boston, Vermont, and Philadelphia. Jess recently signed to Razor&Tie as a songwriter.
As an actress, Jess has been on stage with Writers Theatre (Company), Northlight Theatre (Shining Lives, Snapshots), Music Theater Co. (Pippin), Court Theatre (Carousel), Porchlight Music Theatre (Gypsy, A Wonderful Life, Sunday in the Park with George), Steppenwolf (Lady Madeline), Pegasus Players (Tick...Tick...BOOM!), and Bohemian Theatre Ensemble (The Wild Party, The Life, Songs for a New World). When she is not performing, Jess teaches private voice lessons and songwriting workshops and is on faculty for The Cherubs high school program at Northwestern University.