In “Defying Gravity,” the first act finale of the hit musical Wicked, Elphaba – the Wicked Witch of the West – sings, “It’s time to trust my instincts/Close my eyes and leap.”
That is precisely what Jessica Vosk ’07, who is currently starring as Elphaba on Broadway, did when she quit her job on Wall Street to pursue a career as a performer nine years ago.
After suffering panic attacks at work, Vosk realized that art was what was missing from her life, so she trusted those instincts to rekindle her early dream of being a performer.
She made her Broadway debut in 2014 in The Bridges of Madison County and left the cast of the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof to star as Elphaba on a national tour of Wicked. In July, Vosk joined the Broadway cast of Wicked, which is celebrating 15 years on Broadway.