Biography

Austin, Texas native Jessica Polsky grew up with her sights set on Broadway, and began her triple-threat training while still in diapers. She graduated on full scholarship from the University of Arizona’s prestigious Performing Arts Department with a BFA, magna cum laude, all while taking a break to study abroad in Florence, Italy. This time overseas allowed her to add a second degree, in Italian, on to her credentials as well, also magna cum laude.  Her subsequent move to NYC to begin her professional career was met with almost instant success. There were years of international touring (such as with the Broadway musicals West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies, Grease) as well as numerous NYC-based projects (Jeffrey with Bryan Batt at Lincoln Center, Pirates of Penzance Off-Broadway, and much more). During these first years Jessica also spent a fair amount of time “on the other side of the table” assisting some of the business’s most well-known directors and choreographers, and even directing some, herself.  Then came the unexpected offer from Italian network TV: a starring role on the  hot, new prime-time sitcom, Camera Cafè”. Jessica accepted this offer and the rest, as they say, is history…

“Camera Cafè” was an explosive hit and created a fanatical following that can only be compared to that of “Friends” or “Seinfeld”.  Jessica’s character, which they left named “Jessica”, was one of the lead elements of this sitcom set among the disgruntled employees of a corporate office. The show’s stellar popularity took Jessica right along with it: the first season she won recognition from Italy’s Accademia dei Telefilm (Best Lead Actress of the Television Season), and has been one of the most in-demand, young, A-list celebrities in the country ever since.

She has moved on and up within the industry in Italy and has starred in a steady stream of highly visible and successful projects dedicated to her. The next vehicle for her came in the form of Piloti” (“Pilots”): an original sitcom which takes place in an airplane, based on the daily lives and adventures of the crew. Jessica stars in it as the adorable but bumbling stewardess: “Josephine”. “Piloti”, now in syndication, has been on the air daily (RAI network tv) and uninterrupted since 2007–a response to unprecedented demand for her beloved character, who has quickly become an entertainment industry icon.

Although primarily known for her formidable acting work, along the way Europe also discovered in Jessica a talented host. Her larger than life personality, warmth, humor, quick instinct, and affinity for the camera make her a natural at the helm of televised events, interviews, and more. This was evident in any number of ratings-winning, primetime network specials: Festivalbar”, “Robbie Williams Live in Berlin”, “Masters of Magic”, “New Year’s Eve Live From Venice’s St.Mark’s Square”, “Volo in Diretta”, as well as the cult hit of her co-creation, Sputnik”: a weekly “Saturday Night Live”-inspired sketch comedy series of which Jessica was both the permanent host and lead cast member.

In addition to these projects, Jessica is a favorite of the press and of all corners of the industry. She can be seen constantly featured in cameos in every genre of tv project, as a special guest on talk shows, in magazines, on the radio, on the red carpet, in large-scale celebrity endorsement ad campaigns, and as a participant in promotional and charity events. Jessica was also the recipient of the Italian Parliament’s prestigious “Italy-USA Cultural Ambassadorship” in recognition of her bi-continental acting career, and for the rare positive role-model celebrity she has become. This distinguished award is reserved for opinion leaders whose professional and philanthropic endeavors promote friendly ties between the two nations.

She currently divides her time between the USA and Europe, and in America has been most recently seen as the lead in a Lifetime Network  movie, as well as in the title role of the new Off-Broadway drama, Ghost Wife Radio.

Jessica Polsky on IMDB

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Television and Film

My Life is a Lifetime Movie: Manhattan Madame “Kristin Davis” (lead) Lifetime Network-USA, Jordan Roberts-Dir.
Camera Cafe’
seasons 1,2,3
“Jessica”–Best Lead Actress of the TV Season for this role primetime sitcom for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dir: Christophe Sanchez
PILOTI (“PILOTS”)
seasons 1, 2, 3
“Josephine” primetime sitcom for RAI Network TV-Italy, dir: Celeste Laudisio
Così Fan Tutte guest star/cameo various episodes primetime sitcom for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dir: Gianfranco Fumagalli
Finalmente a Casa “Loredana” primetime mini-series for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dir: Gianfrancesco Lazotti
Masters of Magic With Jessica and Raul Cremona host 2-evening primetime special for RAI Network TV-ITALY
The Singing Office celebrity juror reality talent show for SKY TV-Italy, dir: Egidio Romio
SPUTNIK host sketch comedy series for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dirs: Jean Marc Viel & Latino Pellegrini
Volo in Diretta With Fabio Volo co-host/correspondent RAI Network TV-ITALY, dir: Martino Clericetti
Festivalbar host televised outdoor concert series for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dirs: Lele Biscussi & Egidio Romio
Primetime Special ROBBIE WILLIAMS LIVE! IN BERLIN host concert coverage & exclusive interview with Williams for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dir: Martino Clericetti
Il Ciclone in Famiglia 2 “Maggie” primetime mini-series for Mediaset Network TV-ITALY, dir: Carlo Vanzina
Look of the Year Televised Finals Gala host for SKY TV-ITALY, dir: Stefano Sartini
Quelli dell’Intervallo “Professoressa Jessica” sitcom for teens for Disney Channel ITALY, dir: Gianfranco Fumagalli
Celebrity Slimdown celebrity commentator E! Network-ITALY
Mitiko “Era” (Goddess Hera) current events satire for La 7 Network TV-ITALY, dir: Gianni Zanasi
Various talk shows celebrity guest / interviewee Mediaset Network TV, RAI Network TV, LA 7 Network TV, SKY TV, MTV–all ITALY
GXT and JETIX Channels for teens permanent network host GXT/JETIX-ITALY
So You Think You’re Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Celebrity Edition celebrity contestant for charity SKY TV-ITALY
Divano Football Club “Jane” original soccer-inspired sitcom for SKY TV-ITALY
Identity celebrity guest star gameshow for RAI Network TV-ITALY
X-Rated “Sophie Sofa’ ” sitcom for SKY TV-ITALY, dirs: Laura Chiassone, Martino Clericetti, and Elisabetta Cianci
Una Questione di Corna “Sonia” (lead) short film for SKY Cinema movie channel, dirs: Alessia di Giovanni and Max Papeschi
War on War on Drugs “Chrissy” Dan Kornfeld-Dir.
The Perpetual Bachelor-
music video
female lead Jet Set Six—Hot Pictures Prods. NY/LA

 

Theater

Ghost Wife Radio “Helen” (title role) Off-Broadway, NYC-dir: Mattia Molini
The Divorcees’ Club “Mary Bybowl” original Italian company, based on French hit “Le clan des divorcees”, dirs: Alil & Hazis Vardar, Silvia Rigon
Grease “Patty Simcox” / “Marty” European Tour-dir: David Gilmore
West Side Story “Graziella” Victory Prods-dir: Dennis Courtney
West Side Story “Graziella” European Tour-dir: Alan Johnson
West Side Story “Graziella” Musical Theatre Basel, Switzerland-dir: Alan Johnson
Sophisticated Ladies with Dee Dee Bridgewater swing European Tour-dir: Bruce Heath
Jeffrey on Broadway with Bryan Batt “Jeffrey’s Lover” Broadway’s Lincoln Center, NYC-dir: Beth Greenberg
The Pirates of Penzance Revival featured ensemble Off Broadway, NYC-dirs: Michael Scheman, Tony Parisi
Alice in Wonderland: Revisited  “Alice” San Sicario Theatre, ITALY-dir: Laura Cantarelli
Promessi Sposi director European Tour-prod: Tato Russo/Bellini Theatre, Naples
Senza Impegno actress/comic Various theatres in Italy-dirs: Lucio Wilson, Maurizio Capelli

 

Live event and industrial hosting

Richard Branson’s Private Evening–Virgin International celebrity host Sir Richard Branson/Virgin Co.
Historic Derby Theatre, Milano celebrity host CabaRè comic evening series
Nastri d’Argento Cinematic Awards celebrity host live on RAI 1 Network TV-ITALY
BEA Awards Ceremony,
2 editions
celebrity host BEA Awards Europe
New Year’s Eve Live Event in Piazza San Marco–Venice,
2 consecutive years
celebrity host Filmmaster / K-Events, dir: Marco Balich, int’l broadcast feed by CNN
Milan’s Christmas Concert & City Angels Event in Piazza Duomo celebrity host Piazza Duomo, City of Milan, Italy
Lotto Sportswear/Footwear celebrity host annual company meeting
Bacardi/Martini celebrity host International Trick Barman Competition
Lavazza celebrity host launch of annual Lavazza Calendar
Poste Italiane celebrity host annual company meeting
Nestlè celebrity host annual sales meeting/presentation
SWATCH celebrity host SWATCH/CreArt launch in Venice, Italy
Symantec celebrity host annual company meeting
Master Foods celebrity host annual company meeting
Austrian Airlines celebrity host annual company meeting
Samsung celebrity host annual company meeting
Unicredit Bank celebrity host annual company meeting
Lyreco celebrity host annual company meeting
Banca del Ceresio celebrity host annual company meeting
Stonefly Shoes celebrity host annual company meeting
Buitoni celebrity host annual company meeting
Ferretti Yachts celebrity host annual company meeting
DHL celebrity host annual company meeting
Virgin Health Clubs celebrity host annual company-wide celebration
Leaseplan celebrity host annual company meeting
Piaggio celebrity host American Launch of new Vespa, 5th Ave, NYC
Piaggio celebrity host annual company meeting

 

Endorsement Ad Campaigns/Commercials

Samsung cell phones celebrity endorsement Italian market
Sony Ericsson Cellular Phones celebrity endorsement Italian market
Ferrero Rochet celebrity endorsement Italian market
Ardo Home Appliances celebrity endorsement Italian market
Chronotech Watches celebrity endorsement Italian market
Festina Watches celebrity endorsement Italian market
Microsoft X-Box celebrity endorsement Italian market
Sottotono Clothing celebrity endorsement Italian market
Giochi Preziosi celebrity endorsement Italian market
Cinque Stelle Ice Cream celebrity endorsement Italian market
Golia celebrity endorsement Italian market
Suzi Wan Ethnic Foods celebrity endorsement Italian market
Morellato Jewelry celebrity endorsement Italian market
Edonism Purses and Bags celebrity endorsement Italian market
TIM Cellular Phone Provider celebrity endorsement Italian market
Morichetti Shoes celebrity endorsement Italian market
Pikante Jewelry and Bijoux celebrity endorsement Italian market
Salvatore Ferragamo Perfumes–Signorina Eleganza voiceover narration international ad campaign

Education

  • University of Arizona, BFA In Performing Arts with Dance Emphasis, Tucson, AZ,
    Magna Cum Laude
  • University of Arizona, BA Italian (Language, History, Culture, Art, Literature), Tucson, AZ, Magna Cum Laude
  • Centro Lingiustico Dante Alighieri, honors diploma intensive language course, Florence, ITALY

Training

  • Dancer’s Workshop, Austin, TX: dance, all forms
  • Zachary Scott Theatre Conservatory: Austin, TX: acting
  • University of Arizona Dance Department, Tucson, AZ: ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theatre, choreography, kinesiology, biomechanics, direction, stage tech
  • Acting Technique, NYC: Sande Shurin Acting Studio
  • Song Interpretation and Preparation, NYC: Bob Marks
  • Vocal Technique, NYC: Jeannie Lovertri
  • Vocal Training, NYC: Gordon Grody Vocal Instruction

Awards

  • Italian Television Recognition, Best New Actress of the Television Season
    Issued by the Accademia dei Telefim. Awarded for portrayal of the character by the same name, “Jessica”, in the hit network sitcom Camera Cafe’.
  • Italian Parliament: “Italia-Usa Award”, Cultural Ambassadorship
    Awarded by Italian government in recognition of Jessica’s role in promoting friendly ties between the USA and Italy through her work as an actor in both countries, and her positive role model and celebrity status.
  • Virginia Robinson Award, Artist of the Year
  • Awarded for achievement and recognition of artistic excellence, USA
  • Texas Association Teachers of Dance, Scholarship Award
  • University of Arizona Department of Performing Arts, Tuition Scholarship Award