Binvinu / Welcome
Jessica Lea Fleming is of Métis and Scottish ancestry from Penetanguishene, Ontario.
She is an award-winning artist, published poet, producer and performer based in Hamilton. Jessica works in theatre, film and multi-disciplinary mediums as a means of exploring connection, identity, and traditional, land-based knowledge.
Jessica has directed for TV Series AMPLIFY on APTN, as well as music videos for artists
Brutus Begins, Celeigh Cardinal and iskwē. Presently, she is slated to co-direct "Our Land", a video project with Creative Mafia, and a new theatre piece with Signal Theatre. She is developing “The Properties of Spirit” a multi-media poetry-performance with creation support from the multi-Dora award nominated manidoons collective.
Jessica’s work has been featured at festivals and events such as Native Earth Performing Arts’ Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (2014, 2018), Buddies in Bad Times’ Building Reciprocity Cabaret (2017), the Indigenous Writers Gathering (2016), Skábmagovat Film Festival’s 20th Anniversary Spotlight on North America (2017), the National Screen Institute (2018), imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (2019) and the Santa Fe Film Festival where her debut short film “scales” won Best Native Narrative Short Film (2017). Jessica has programmed for the Regent Park Film Festival (2016), Talking Stick Festival (2016), the AGH Film Festival (2019), SpringWorks Festival (2020) and been a member of imagineNATIVE’s Awards Jury (2017). In 2015 she was a Featured Leader for the Ontario Ministry on the Status of Women and in 2017 she was one of twenty Invited Contributors to the 20th Canadian Arts Summit.
For 2020, Jessica is the inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Theatre Aquarius, and works as a Guest Curator for the Toronto Public Library. She is currently a finalist for the prestigious Prism Prize.