Jessica Damouni is an Australian/American actress, writer and director based in Los Angeles. She is of Lebanese and Palestinian descent and was raised in Perth.
Jessica began her training at 17 in New York at The Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film. After graduating from Strasberg, she completed through to Advanced Studies Improv at UCB NY and performed improv around the city with various improv groups.
She later wrote and performed with the sketch comedy group Terms Of Service, creating 30 minute sketch comedy episodes that aired on MNN and BRIC monthly for two years. The group performed live sketch comedy at festivals all over the country, including Hell Yes Fest and Chicago Sketch Fest.
Jessica's most notable roles include leading roles in Choke directed by Rolla Selbak, the Oscar qualifying film Like Salt directed by Darine Hotait and Tribeca Film Festival's Salam by Claire Fowler . She has been cast in roles on God Friended Me (CBS) and Crashing (HBO). She played a supporting role in the feature film Inspector Ike Directed by Graham Mason. The film premiered at the 2020 Maryland Film Festival, won Best Feature at New Orleans Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit.
She is featured in commercials for brands such as Adidas, Fisher Price, Snickers, Dollar Shave Club, CT Lottery, Gillette Venus and more.
In both her writing and acting Jessica aims to convey the challenges, inner conflict and humor that arise when being caught between multiple cultures and identities. In 2019, she produced and acted in her one act play Our House which explores many of those themes.
In 2020, Jessica wrote, directed and starred in the short film Be Good to premiere in 2021.
A 3x marthoner, martial artist and vegan for 7 years, she is currently working on a vegan Lebanese cookbook in collaboration with her mother Maha, in hopes to encourage a more sustainable lifestyle whilst celebrating tradition, culture and community.