Alumni Profile

Jessi Shuttleworth '06

After graduating from Saint Michael's in 2006, I moved to Boston and hit the ground running, submitting headshots and resumes to the local casting agencies, taking courses, and knocking on doors. About a month after moving, I received a call from one of many casting directors I had submitted to. Suddenly, I was performing as an attorney in the mayor's office on an ill-fated CBS Television drama, Waterfront, starring Billy Baldwin, Mary Stuart Masterson and Joe Pantoliano. After five episodes were filmed, the series was dropped before airing. After Waterfront, I worked on Focus Features' Evening, starring Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Claire Danes, and Natasha Richardson; Focus Features' 21, starring Kate Bosworth, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, and Lawrence Fishburn; ESPN's The Bronx Is Burning, starring Oliver Platt, John Turturro, and Daniel Sunjata; and Columbia Pictures' Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Jonah Hill. In addition to my work in film and television, I also landed a regional commercial for CITGO, a national commercial for VISA, and a national commercial for McDonald's.

In 2009, my ambition carried me to New York City. Since moving, I have started my own filmmaking company, Scabland Productions, LLC. One of my first projects was a short film that I wrote and developed entitled February. The cast includes Phyllis Somerville (Showtime's The Big C, The Sopranos, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,  and many others), Ethan Philips (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Trek, The Island, and many others), Cristen Hemingway Jaynes (a great granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway), Dan Shaked (jOBS, ABC's Body of Proof, and Storm Up the Sky), Bill Tucker (an anchor and producer at CNN and FOX), Katherine Hiler (know for her part in the Pulitzer Prize winning Kentucky Cycle), and Darrell Larson (Law&Order, Rachel Getting Married, Stepmom, and many others).

Although I've known since I was three years old that I would be an actor, I arrived at Saint Michael's College with virtually no theatre experience. I was excited to study under Professor Cathy Hurst. Professor Hurst guided my growth by being challenging and supportive without coddling me. In areas where I needed development, I received enormous assistance. Beyond theatre classes, I especially benefited from dance and voice courses. In addition to acting classes, I acquired skills in design and stagecraft from Professor John Devlin, as well as knowledge of costumes and building a production wardrobe from Professor Peter Harrigan. While my major was Theatre, I also found myself enriched by courses in religion, philosophy and art. I feel blessed by my time at Saint Michael's College, for it has given me the career of my dreams.

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