Actress | Comedian | Film Maker
Tessa originally hails from Ohio where she went to intercity schools and learned to survive by making people laugh through stories of her dysfunctional yet loving family. She continues to utilize those skill as an actor, comedian, director, and producer residing in Los Angeles. She's like any well-behaved Midwestern girl, she began training classically and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Shortly there after she trained and performed at Second City Hollywood, where she got her start directing and writing. Tessa embarked on her career both in front and behind the camera creating, directing, and starring in original content. You may have seen her acting in front of the camera on Showtime's Shameless, ABC's The Middle, seen her in films such as Followed (Timur Bekmambetov) or heard her voicing a character in Netflix’s Motown Magic. Tessa has co-created Birdie & Blanche a series that was in the second round 2016 Sundance New Voices Lab, and Garbage a short film that was a 2019 HBO Women in Comedy and Amazon All Voices Official Selection. Tessa has directed dark comedic content such as web series Baes Welcome, a queer Broad City, and Harry, a hilariously heartbreaking tale of an LA clown. Tessa makes her film directorial debut with Wolf. Tessa loves exploring the complexity of human nature through film making and believes there is no better platform to make a healing impact on the world.
She is represented by Clear Talent Group and Gregg Edwards Mgmt.
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