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
of Being Earnest
On the Verge
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."
AtlantaTheatreFans.com 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."
accessatlanta.com (Atlanta Journal Constitution) The Savannah Disputation 2009 "Directed by Jessica Phelps West...it 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."
Theaterreview.com 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."
On the Verge
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."