Having directed feature films, shorts films, theater and documentaries, Tessa has turned her focus to television directing. She just directed an adrenaline-fueled episode of NCIS: New Orleans and is looking forward to more television work this fall.

As a one of ten directors chosen to participate in the ABC/DGA Creative Talent Development program, she has shadowed some amazing television directors – David Petrarca (Game of Thrones), Mimi Leder (The Leftovers), Stephen Kaye (Covert Affairs), Rob Greenberg (Marry Me), Claire Scanlon (The Goldbergs), Zetna Fuentes (iZombie), Jim Hayman (NCIS: New Orleans) and Michael Zinberg (The Good Wife).

Last summer, she was hired by Issa Rae Productions to direct Words with Girls, a comedy pilot written and created by Brittani Nichols, which premiered in September to terrific reviews.