JILLIE SIMON is a multi-award-winning actor, singer-songwriter, producer, director and writer. She performs in film, theater, television, clubs, concert halls and also loves to perform in benefits, nationally and internationally.
Recent feature film credits include principal roles in rock-n-roll dramedy “The Incoherents” (with Annette O'Toole and Amy Carlson, dir. Jared Barel), playing Chrissie, the bass player's yogini girlfriend, in dramedy "Prince Harming", (writer-dir., Marianne Hettinger), playing the protagonist's artsy, flirty neighbor - both of which are currently winning awards in the film festival circuit - and drama "Beyond Adversity" (dir. Kaneesha Heath), playing the pregnant fiance of a war veteran with PTSD, currently in post.
Other film and television credits include a lead role in indie feature "You Have the Right To Remain Violent (dir., multi-award-winning Roberto Monticello), roles in indie film "Confess", with Melissa Leo (writer-dir. Stefan Schaefer, Best Screenplay, Hampton Film Festival), Academy Award-winning film "A Beautiful Mind" (dir., Ron Howard), "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee", playing an anchorwoman (Trisha) on comedy web-series "Gail's New Boyfriend" (New Media Comedy) which will premiere on Amazon Prime (exact date TBA) and a two episode recurring role on "As The World Turns".
Jillie also co-directed, co-produced and performed in two multi-award-winning music videos, "Legalize" and "So Many Ways (For Safe, Green, Sane Energy) prior to writing, co-directing, co-producing and playing the lead role in short film "Hungry", co-starring Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts. "Hungry" has won 9 awards (including five she was awarded for Best Actress/ Best Performance in a Film), two Honorable Mentions, a Semi-Finalist plus 15 more nominations in 32 festivals so far. New short film "A Chance", with a screenplay that she co-wrote with the playwright based on a short play she'd been cast in ("Be Still", by Ange Arabatzis), had it's World Premiere this past May at the prestigious Big Apple Film Festival, won Best LGBT Short or Feature at the Action on Film Festival, Las Vegas in August, will have it's L.A. premiere in October in the Other Venice Film Festival, and then play in the Glendale Intl. Film Festival.
Off-Broadway work includes "Blues" at the NY Public Theater, "Tony & Tina’s Wedding", and playing Marilyn Monroe in Chris Savery’s "Marilyn”, with Jack Mulcahy as JFK, in Britfest 2005, directed by Jason Grant who said "outstanding... Her lead performance as Marilyn Monroe in Chris Savery's original play 'Marilyn' captivated the audience".
One of the highlights of her regional theater work was performing with Marlo Thomas at the Cleveland Playhouse. She also had the pleasure of performing with other luminaries such as Marion Seldes in a staged reading of a Pete Lemay play at the Players Club, Austin Pendleton at the Cornelia St. Cafe, Joyce Randolph at New Dramatists, and with Tom Wopat, playing his sixth wife, in a reading of a new Larry Beinhart (Wag The Dog") screenplay “Divorce” at the Directors Company, directed by Michael Parva.
Improv includes shows at Upright Citizen's Brigade, UCBeast and at the NY Comedy Club (with Joy Newman's troupe The "Grown-Ups Playground")
Off-Off Broadway venues performed in include La Mama, Theater For The New City, the Beckett Theater, Access Theater, and the Kraine Theater. Improv shows include the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, NY, UCBeast, and at the NY Comedy Club (with Joy Newman's troupe "Grownup's Playground").
-She's also been a Guest Performing Artist at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Guest Acting teacher at John Pallotta's Acting Studio.
With current band, Musiciens Sans Frontieres and prior incarnation LOVE ALIEN (alternative rock), Jillie toured in Europe, the U.S. and the Middle East, played Yasgurs Farm in the Woodstock Delirium Concert (a Woodstock Reunion Concert, on the bill with Buzzy Linhart, Melanie and Country Joe), was on the bill with Deodato, Spacehog, Marky Ramone & the Intruders and opened for Dale Bozzio (of Missing Persons). Numerous benefits include the Salvation Army Benefit for Hurricane Katrina victims at Pier 66, NYC, a Benefit for IndyMedia (with Ricanstruction), and for the 9/11 Firefighters.
Music Video MSF's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", in which I was lead singer/performer, was the Official Selection of twelve film festivals worldwide (2009, 2010), and received three Best Music Video Awards. Music Video "Legalize" was the Official Selection at eleven film festivals, receiving four awards. And last music video "So Many Ways (for Safe, Green, Sane Energy)" (March 2012) was selected to six festivals, and won the Golden Reel Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
The song "Affection" off of Musicien Sans Frontieres' previous album made it onto the Grammy 2008 Ballot.
--Songs she's co-written have been in indie film "Copy Shop", written and directed by seven time Emmy Award winning Director William Electric Black, (as-yet-unreleased black comedy in which she played a rock-n-roller who's killed her drummer), in web pilot "We Became The Enemy" (lead role of a performance-artist/bike messenger) and was also commissioned to create a song for upcoming dramedy "Frankie" by the multi-award-winning writer-director Devi Snively (still in development), in which she's slated to play a principal role, the singer in a side show circus band in the 1930's.
Jillie most recently played the role of Liz O'Brien, mother to the 16 year old protagonist in the short "Summer of 1970", by Sean O'Connor, which is a proof of concept piece for the upcoming feature film of the same name, and played the lead role of Mona, wife of the mob boss, in "Infiltration", the proof of concept short for upcoming thriller mini-series "Infiltrated" by writer-director Marvalee Peart.
And though she enjoys using many dialects and accents from around the globe - from a girl from Hazlehurst, Mississippi (in Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" at Florida Studio Theater), to a girl from Ireland (in indie film comedy "Pisser") to a woman from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn (in "Infiltration") -- Jillie is originally from Long Island, N.Y., and therefore enjoys the sounds of seagulls and airplanes, which remind her of childhood.
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