Jessica Lind Peterson

Jessica Lind Peterson is a playwright, theater artist, and co-founder of Yellow Tree Theatre in  Osseo, Minnesota. For the past eleven years, she has been working alongside her husband, Jason Peterson, to grow Yellow Tree into a nationally-recognized, professional theater company that draws artists from all over the Twin Cities. At Yellow Tree, she serves as Director of Development, sometimes-actor, and playwright-in-residence. In 2016, Yellow Tree Theatre was awarded a National Theater Company Grant from the American Theater Wing in New York City.

Jessica is the author of five full-length plays, two one acts, and one musical, all of which have had professional productions in Minnesota and all over the country. Her plays been called “quirky” “Neil Simon-esque,” “wildly funny” and a lot of other things. She is perhaps best known for her farcical Minnesota-themed holiday comedies and was named a “MinneSNOWta Christmas send-up master” by Minnesota Monthly. Her romantic comedy String was runner-up for the KCACTF Mark Twain Comedy Playwriting Award and her play What I Learned From Grizzly Bears is published in the Smith & Kraus Anthology, The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2006.

Jessica is also an essayist and won the essay contest for "Motherhood and the Potential Hazard of Carpet Fibers." She has been named a finalist for the Loft's Short Story Contest, the Loft Mentor Series in Creative Nonfiction and the Common Good Books National Love Poem Contest. Her essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in: Seneca Review, River Teeth, Anomaly (formerly Drunken Boat), Passages North, and Alaska Quarterly Review.

Jessica was a co-recipient of the 2017 Prometheus Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota, Duluth which recognizes alumni for outstanding artistic achievements. She is a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Hamline University in St. Paul. 

Photo by Amy Woodford

Photo by Amy Woodford