Jessica Lily is a truly natural and captivating actor. Whilst living in Sydney she was short-listed for a lead role in a major Australian TV Drama ‘Schapelle’ aired nationwide on channel 9, the casting director was so impressed with her work she invited her to audition for a lead role on Neighbours.

She has a Bachelor of Contemporary Arts Degree in Drama a Graduate Diploma in Education, studied Aboriginal Musical Theatre through WAPPA in Broome and Advanced Screen Acting at NIDA in Sydney. She was also employed by John Curtin College of the Arts in Fremantle as a Specialist Drama Teacher.

In Melbourne she completed a Production Internship at RMITV Studios. She was then employed as a Director and Actor at Orion Studios. She later went on to produce her own online comedy TV series with an AFI award winning director attached as well as Acting alongside some of Melbourne’s best-known comedians.

Jessica is driven and passionate about telling compelling stories and representing the human condition in its most organic form. Her open mind and down to earth approach as well as her commitment to continuously develop her craft, allows her to be an ideal team player, where exploration can be freely discovered.

Jessica Lily was nominated for ‘best actress’ in her lead role on the award winning short ‘Crown of Flowers’. She then went on to play a lead role in an edgy black comedy called ‘Her Creature’. Jessica is set to shoot another film this year called ‘Off the Grid’. Some of her other credentials include network production Canal Road, TVC’s for QBE Insurance and Bankwest, Verity in the Feature Film Spectrum and she also acted in George Millers Norma at His Majesty’s Theatre. One of her highlights was meeting Quentin Tarantino at the Night Cat in Melbourne.

“An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.” Michael Chekhov

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Schapelle (shortlisted). Dir: Khoa Do. Fremantle Media. Nine Network

Neighbours. Surfie Chick. Dir: Gary Conway. Fremantle Media. Ten Network

The War that Changed Us. Don Featherstone/James Bogle. Electric Pictures

The Great Mint Swindle. News Crew. Cordell Jigsaw Productions. Dir: Geoff Bennett. Nine Network

Canal Road. Roxy. Dir: Dan Netheim. Nine Network

Pickled Prozak Lead: Amazonian Warrior. Dir: Colin Mowbray (AFI Winner). Waterlily Productions

Parallax. Girl in library. Dir:Chris Scully. Great Western Entertainment. ABC Network

Crown of Flowers. Lead Jessica. Gary Centrone (nominated for Best Actress)

Her Creature. Lead Olive. Jessica Lily Bushby. JL Productions

Dukie Plunger Receptionist. Dir: Danny Elacci. Tropfest

Spectrum. Lead Verity. Mitchell Charman

Deleted. Eldred.Dir: Damien Blythe

Audrey. Audrey. Dir: J Lily. A Splash of Colour Productions

The Evolution of Sandy. Shimta. Dir: Vince Volpe. Tropfest, Editor Robert Woods.

Trapped. Psychologist. Dir: Jeffery Hogan. Land Productions

The Silent Region. Cockney Alcoholic. Dir: Nathan Montheal

The Modelling Agency. Model. Dir: Brett Woods

QBE Insurance Lead: Funky Girl. Dir: Mark Zagar. Sauce Films

Bank West Lead: Sporty. The Brand Agency

Radio Interview. Elizabeth Kemp the Dream Acting Workshop

Corporate DVD. Lawyer. Taurus Productions

QBE Billboards. Advert. Sauce Films. John Petkovic

Radio Advert. Sauce Films. Verity FitzGerald

Worn Art (wearable art).Model/Professor Yolk. Dir: Gwen Knox. Broome Rec Centre

Model. UK Company. Darren Rob

Kohl. Spectrum Gallery. Performance Art. Kelly Salapak, Susannah Day

American Angles by Tony Kushner. Dir Les Chantery.NIDA(course)

Miss Julie by August Strindberg. Miss Julie. Dir Paul Caeser. NIDA (course)

The Women with Dogs Eyes by Louis Nowra. Dir J Lily

Norma. Druid.. Dir: George Miller. His Majesty’s Theatre. West Australian Opera

Woven. Dir: Jessica Lily Bushby. Deakin Theatre                                         

Dumb Things. Street Kid. Dir: Yonie Prior. Melbourne Theatre

Baal by Bertolt Bretch. Johanna. Dir.Raulf Raulker. Contemporary Arts Theatre

Richard the Third by William Shakespeare. Queen Margaret. Dir. Richard Mellick. Broome Theatre

Murras by Eva Johnson. Jeyda. Dir. Richard Mellick. Broome Theatre

  • PAC Advanced Actors Studio. Annie Murtagh-Monks, Ben Young, Kate Cherry, Michael McCall, Noel ONeill, Caroline Brazier,Martin Wilson and Dalip Sondhi. 1 year course (full member)
  • Bachelor of Contemporary. Drama. ECU and Deakin University. WA & VIC
  • Diploma of Education. Drama and Media. ECU. Mount Lawley
  • Aboriginal Musical Theatre Joe Mellick, Simon Stewart. Richard Mellick. Broome
  • Acting. Theatre. Screen Intensive/Screen Tests/ Acting for Camera. Les Chantery. NSW
  • Marcus Graham intensive Screen Acting. Annie Murtagh- Monks
  • Emma Booth intensive Screen Acting. Annie Murtagh- Monks
  • 16th Street Actors Studio. Masterclass(observer). Larry Moss. NSW
  • Elizabeth Kemp. Actors Studio. Dream Workshop.
  • Miranda Harcourt. Masterclass. The HubStudios
  • Thea Mcleod. Screentests. TAFTA
  • Myles Pollard. Private coaching. WA
  • Villainous Characters for film. Mahesh Jadu
  • Sydney Actors Collective. Chum Ehelepoia and Marti Keefer
  • Comedy Acting. Mark Defriest
  • The Meisner Method. Fern Nicholson.NASA
  • The Stella Adler Method. Lynette Sheldon
  • Alexander Technique. Barbara Robertson.NSW
  • Voice & American Dialect.Gabrielle Rogers.NSW
  • Acting Ensemble/Theatre. Rebecca Johnston and Paul Ceaser.NIDA
  • Comedy Acting for Television. Pino Amenta
  • Creative Intensive. PAC Workshops. Annie Murtagh- Monks
  • John Orcsik. Screen Testing. Lou Mitchell and Greg Apps. TAFTA
  • Acting for Film and Television. Murray Dowsett. WAAPA

Production CV JL  (Download Word doc)