Teresa Jusino was born the day Skylab fell. Coincidence? She doesn’t think so. A native New Yorker, Jusino has been telling stories since she was three years old, and she wrote a picture book in crayon in nursery school. However, nursery school also found her playing the angel Gabriel in a Christmas pageant, and so her competing love of performing existed from an early age. Her two great loves competed all the way through early adulthood. She attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Drama and English Literature, after which she focused on acting, performing in countless plays and musicals in and around New York City, as well as short films, feature length independent films, and the one time she got to play an FBI agent in a PBS thing, which she thought was really cool, because she got to wear sunglasses and a dark suit and look badass. Eventually, producing was thrown into the mix. For four years, she was a company member and associate producer for a theater company called Stone Soup Theater Arts. She also produced a musical in which she also performed at Theater For the New City called Emergency Contraception: The Musical! by Sara Cooper, during which she ended every performance covered in fake blood. Don’t ask.
After eight years of acting, Jusino decided that she missed her first love – writing – and in 2008 decided to devote herself wholly to that pursuit. She has since brought her Feminist Brown Person perspective to pop culture criticism at such diverse sites as Al Dia, Tor.com, GirlGamer.com, ChinaShop Magazine, PopMatters, Newsarama, Pink Raygun, as well as her own blog, The Teresa Jusino Experience (welcome!). She also edited a Caprica fan fiction site called Beginning of Line, because dammit, that was a good show, and if SyFy won’t tell any more of those characters’ stories, she’ll do it herself.
Her essays can be found in Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who (Mad Norwegian Press, 2012), Outside In (ATB Publishing, 2012), and Whedonistas: A Celebration of the Worlds of Joss Whedon By the Women Who Love Them (Mad Norwegian Press, 2011).
In addition to her non-fiction, Jusino is also a writer of fiction. Her short story, December, was published in Issue #24 of the sci-fi literary journal, Crossed Genres. Recently, she’s been invited to be a part of Mariah McCourt’s upcoming anthology, Monstrous, a collection of stories exploring body image through prose, comics, poetry, and art for women and girls much in the spirit of Womanthology, of which McCourt was one of the editors. Jusino will be contributing a comic to the collection.
A writer of both prose and film/television scripts, she relocated to Los Angeles in September 2011 to give the whole television thing a whirl. She’ll let you know how that goes just as soon as she stops writing bios about herself in the third person.