Jessie Barr is a critically-acclaimed, award-winning actor, writer, director and producer based in LA. She is a 2018 Sundance New Voices Episodic LAB Finalist and a finalist for Ryan Murphy's Directing Mentorship Program, The Half Initiative. Jessie grew up in Washington, D.C. dancing with the Washington School of Ballet, making theater and singing in operas as a child. She spent years working in the New York theater and musical theater scene before discovering filmmaking.
Jessie makes her feature film directorial debut with Sophie Jones, a coming-of-age story inspired by true experiences of grief, girlhood and growing up executive produced by Nicole Holofcener. The film is currently being submitted to festivals.
Jessie co-wrote, co-directed and produced her directorial debut: the award-winning short film, Too Long at the Fair, which she stars in opposite Chris Messina and Lena Hudson. Short of the Week calls it, “wickedly witty and fresh...stellar performances and delightfully unpredictable. A real gem.” The short had its world premiere at the 2018 L.A. Shorts International Film Festival and won Best Comedy Short at the 2018 Salute Your Shorts Film Festival in Los, Angeles. Too Long at the Fair had it’s UK premiere at the Manchester Film Festival and screened at the 2018 San Diego International Film Festival, the 2018 Boston Film Festival, the 2018 New Hampshire Film Festival and the 2018 St. Louis International Film Festival, among others. Too Long at the Fair premiered online via Short of the Week, was featured on No Budge and is currently streaming on Vimeo. Jessie and Lena are currently developing Too Long at the Fair as an original series.
Jessie stars in the critically acclaimed, award-winning original series OM CITY, which she created, wrote and produced with her husband, Tom O’Brien. OM CITY won Best Web Series at the 2018 New Media Film Festival Selection, it is a 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Selection, a 2016 International Television Festival Selection, a New York Times TV Critic's Pick, a Vimeo Staff Pick, was voted Best Web Series by Decider.com and was voted "Web to Watch" by USA Today. IndieWire hailed OM CITY as "refreshing," "honest and relatable." Decider calls it "heartfelt and hilarious." "Between Barr’s gal-next-door appeal and the series’ superb production value and soundtrack it wouldn’t be surprising to see OM CITY picked up as a longer form series in the very near future.” - Decider.
Jessie directed the pilot of the upcoming original series Grow the F*ck Up in addition to starring as a series regular. She has shadowed numerous television directors including: Lynn Shelton (GLOW, Casual, AP Bio, Love), Leslye Headland (Russian Doll, SMILF, Heathers) and Stuart McDonald (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Speechless).
Jessie is a proud member of Women in Film LA, Women in Entertainment and Women in Media.