Jessica Damouni is a Lebanese/Palestinian-Australian/American actress and writer. Born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, she moved to New York alone at the age of 17 to study acting at The Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film. After graduating from Strasberg, Jessica completed through to Advanced Studies Improv at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade NY and performed improv around the city with the group Drunk Orphan Comedy.
She later wrote and performed on the sketch comedy group Terms Of Service, creating 30 minute sketch comedy episodes that aired on MNN and BRIC every month for two years. The group performed live sketch comedy at festivals all over the country, including Hell Yes Fest and Chicago Sketch Fest.
Following leading roles in short films, including Choke (Outfest 2018) directed by Rolla Selbak (for which she was nominated for Best Actress at NOVA Film Fest) and the Oscar qualifying film Like Salt directed by Darine Hotait, she has been cast in roles on God Friended Me (CBS) and Crashing (HBO). She played a supporting role in the short Salam (Tribeca 2018) directed by Claire Fowler.
Most recently she was cast alongside Ike Ufomadu, Matt Barats, John Early, Aparna Nancherla, Ana Fabrega and some of NY’s best comedians in the feature film Inspector Ike Directed by Graham Mason. The film premiered at the 2020 Maryland Film Festival and is currently doing the festival circuit. Having a multi hyphenated title, a lot of Jessica’s writing explores the challenges, inner conflict and humor that arise when caught between multiple cultures and identities. In 2019 she self-produced and acted in a production of her one act play Our House which explores many of those themes.
She currently working on a number of projects, one being Into The Black (Australian narrative series in development- co-creator-writer). Be Good (short film in pre-production - writer/director/actor). Lockdown Living (Web Series in production - actor).
She is a 3x Marathon runner, trained in Muay Thai and Boxing, has been vegan for 7 years and is co-authoring a vegan Lebanese cookbook with her mother, Maha.
Always learning and growing, Jessica continues her studies at The Freeman Studio, The Groundlings and Shakespeare with specialist Rob Clare.