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Jessica Phelps West

Awards, Press, Photos

Awards and Recognition

Suzi Bass Award Nomination  Outstanding Lead Actress  The Little Foxes  2011

Atlanta Theatre Fans Award  Best Director  The Young Man from Atlanta  2011

Atlanta Theatre Fans Award  Best Actress  The Little Foxes 2011  

SDC Newsletter  SDC Member Spotlight  May / June 2010

Suzi Bass Award  Outstanding Director of a Play  The Sunset Limited  2010  

Suzi Bass Award  Outstanding Director of a Play  Tradin' Paint  2009

Jennie Award  Best Supporting Actress  Crooked  2007

Atlanta Journal Constitution Year’s Best  Best Director of a Musical  Fiddler on the Roof  2005

Suzi Bass Award Nomination  Outstanding Director of a Musical  Fiddler on the Roof  2005

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Best Performances of the Year  A Streetcar Named Desire  2001

Atlanta Magazine  Best Director, Best Play  Wit  2000

Southern Voice  Best Director of the Year  Wit, Dinner with Friends  2000

Southern Voice  Top 5 Plays  Master Class, Wit  2000

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Best 10 Plays of the Year  Wit, Master Class, Dinner with Friends  2000

Creative Loafing Critic’s Choice  Best Director  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  1999

Jennie Award  Best Actress  Hedda Gabler  1998

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Best Leading Actress  The Heiress 1997

Jennie Award  Best Supporting Actress  Rain  1994

Jennie Award  Best Actress  Lettice and Lovage  1993

Jennie Award  Best Actress  Elizabeth the Queen  1991

Command Performance for Arpad Goncz, President of Hungary  Hungarian Medea  1991

Jennie Award  Best Actress  Masque of Queens  1986

Suzi Bass Awards
The Woman in Black
The Importance
of Being Earnest
On the Verge
Feature Article
Directing Reviews

Asheville Citizen Times  The Sunshine Boys  2013  "Sunshine Boys brighten up S.A.R.T."

Asheville Citizen-Times  The Light in the Piazza  2012  "Musical at S.A.R.T. is rich and uplifting. It’s a must see production."  Freud’s Last Session  2011  "Director Jessica Phelps West has taken St. Germain’s brisk dialogue and effectively paced it in an engaging way. The actors move about the stage in a rhythm that’s hypnotizing as they question each other’s viewpoints."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution  The Sunset Limited  2010  "Jessica Phelps West is to be commended for orchestrating a harmony of design and  performance that drew me into this conversation and kept me enthralled to the end. I didn’t even notice that the characters were rooted to their chairs until well over the 30 minute mark. It’s a daring choice to limit movement to this extent, and it fully paid off by giving significance to the movements made (as well as heightening the sense of entrapment that dominates White’s life). It is a singular achievement in acting, in design, in concept. It is, indeed, a play to be experienced." (Atlanta Journal Constitution)  The Savannah Disputation  2009  "Directed by Jessica Phelps is a solid, well-acted production. More spiritually complicated than it appears to be at first glance, 'The Savannah Disputation' is every bit unsettling as it is entertaining."  Tradin’ Paint  2009   "Tightly directed by Jessica Phelps West, this play zips along so fast..."

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Jesus Hops the A Train  2005  "[Adly Guirgis] knows that in order to depict grace, you must first create a world in which it is utterly lacking. In her electrifying production of 'A Train' at Theatre in the Square, Jessica Phelps West finds such a place. At a moment when Atlanta is brimming with good theatre, Theatre in the Square has delivered another stunner."


Atlanta Journal Constitution  Fiddler on the Roof  2005  "Director Jessica Phelps West brings Yente-like attention to every detail of this 27 member undertaking, and the end result is a joyful match of superb acting, exuberant dancing, lovely singing, and inspired puppetry."

Atlanta Journal Constitution  As You Like It  2001  "...director Jessica Phelps West...has transported the 400-year-old Elizabethan comedy from the verdant Forest of Arden to the dust-and-sagebrush landscape of the wild,wild West...This 'As You Like It' is a clever, accessible and deliciously funny redneck farce that pays homage to an American genre that has all but vanished."


Atlanta Journal Constitution  Master Class  2000  "Kathy says Master Class is 'masterful.' She praises director Jessica Phelps West for directing a fast-paced, funny, and emotionally stirring production."

Marietta Daily Journal  Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  1997  "....director Jessica Phelps West is to be credited for eliciting such complex performances from her actors and tempering the production's more explosive moments with some really fine, quiet ones that often reveal more about the characters and the dynamics of their relationships than the play's bigger scenes."


Atlanta Journal Constitution  Funny Money  1996  "The production at Theatre in the Square is a hoot…The key to 'Funny' is how perfectly Jessica Phelps West understands, deep in her thespian bones, the Britishness of this Ray Cooney farce. 'Funny Money' could easily have been counterfeit, but you can take Phelps West’s production to the bank."

Mary Stuart
On the Verge
Miracle Man
Acting Reviews

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Regina  The Little Foxes  2011  "Jessica Phelps West, an Atlanta actress who seems to have an intuitive grasp on the coldly calculating all-devouring Southern female."

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Elise  Crooked  2007  "….showcasing the mesmerizing craft of Jessica Phelps West, 'Crooked' is one of the most moving and essential theatrical experiences of the season…"

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Blanche  A Streetcar Named Desire  2001  "Jessica Phelps West is an incandescent Blanche DuBois…She’s conflicted, complex and impossible to take your eyes from. Acting doesn’t get any better than this anywhere."

Creative Loafing  Blanche  A Streetcar Named Desire  2001  "In playing the deluded Dixie belle, West never oversells Blanche’s artifice of etiquette, keeping the role from caricature...West’s Blanche is no ethereal near nutcase but a sadly solid figure, with a lived-in Southern accent and refined, flirty mannerisms."

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Hedda  Hedda Gabler  1998  "Phelps West blazingly inhabits Henrik Ibsen’s treacherously bored pistol-loving housewife. One foot firmly planted in the old timey, larger-than-life school of thespianism, Phelps West also evokes the most up-to-minute persona. Phelps West is mesmerizing…"


Atlanta Journal Constitution  The Angel  Angels In America  1994  "Audiences agree that Phelps West sounds the way an angel should. The actress’ commanding and mellifluous speaking voice, one of the finest in Atlanta theatre, makes her ideal for aristocratic roles...and larger than life eccentrics. 'Jessica’s voice,' says director Kenny Leon, 'has the purity of a waterfall.'"

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Lettice  Lettice and Lovage  1993  "Jessica Phelps West brings her considerable theatrical and comedic powers to bear in the role of eccentric British tour guide Lettice Douffet."

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Julia  Fallen Angels  1991  "Ms. Phelps West has a marvelous stage voice that can swoop and burrow into every line to pluck out its jewels of comic nuance. Her Julia is the essence of unflappability."

Atlanta Journal Constitution  Nova  Miracle Man  1991  "Jessica Phelps is a comic epiphany…"

Atlanta Journal-Constitution  Queen Elizabeth I  Elizabeth The Queen  1990  "Welcome to the coronation of Jessica Phelps West stepping out as one of Atlanta’s premiere actresses with an astonishing performance in Maxwell Anderson’s 'Elizabeth the Queen.' To paraphrase Hamlet on his dead father, Ms. Phelps West has 'the eye of Mars and a voice to command.'"

Creative Loafing  Wife  Rashomon  1988  "Jessica Phelps West, as the Samurai’s wife, moved beautifully; her kimono seemed as natural to her as her own clothes, and she allowed her costume to influence the way she gestured. She combined within her characterization those two essential qualities of the play: elegance and savagery."

Southline  Alice  Alice!  1987  "Jessica Phelps makes a terrific, funny Alice. Unlike Carroll’s proper, brittle child, she ranges from polite confusion to existential speculation to rage."

The Savannah Disputation
The Woman in Black
The Lion in Winter
A Train
Freud's Last Session
Elizabeth the Queen
The Little Foxes
Mary Stuart
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