JILLIE SIMON IS AN ACTOR, SINGER-SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, WRITER AND DIRECTOR WHO PERFORMS IN FILM, THEATER, TELEVISION, CLUBS, CONCERT HALLS, FESTIVALS AND BENEFITS NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.
Film and television credits include a principal role in indie film "You Have the Right to Remain Violent" directed by the multi-award-winning Roberto Monticello, roles in indie film "Confess" (Best Screenplay, Hamptons film Festival), in the Academy Award winning film "A Beautiful Mind", directed by Ron Howard, a recurring role on "As the World Turns" (two episodes), and the title role in romantic comedy short "Hannah Henri" by Akiva Penaloza (a NewFest award-winning screenplay). Most recently, she wrote, co-directed, co-produced and played the lead role in short film "Hungry", co-starring Oscar-nominee Eric Roberts. "Hungry" has been accepted to eighteen festivals as of January 2017, and won eight awards so far, including three acting awards for Jillie (see home page for details) for her role as Allison Lenare , a grade school teacher who confronts a congressman about children going hungry because of federal cuts.
Off-Broadway she's performed at the NY Public Theater ("Blues"), was in "Tony & Tina’s Wedding", and played Marilyn Monroe in Chris Savery’s "Marilyn”, with Jack Mulcahy as JFK, in Britfest 2005, in which "she captivated the audience" said dir./producer Jason Grant.
One of the highlights of her regional theater work was performing with Marlo Thomas at the Cleveland Playhouse. She’s 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, with Austin Pendleton at the Cornelia St. Cafe, with 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. She's also done lots of Off-Off Broadway Theater in NYC venues such as Theater For The New City, the Beckett Theater, Access Theater, etc.
--She’s performed improv shows at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, 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/master actor at John Pallotta's studio.
With her current band, Musiciens Sans Frontieres and their prior incarnation LOVE ALIEN (alternative rock), she's 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) and has also been 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.
Their Music Video MSF's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", in which Jillie 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", released February 2011 (which she co-directed and co-produced in addition to singing and co-writing) was the Official Selection at eleven film festivals, receiving four awards. Their last music video "So Many Ways (for Safe, Green, Sane Energy)" (March 2012) which she also co-directed and co-produced, was selected to six festivals, and won the Golden Reel Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival.
The song "Affection" off their 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 Jillie played a rock-n-roller who's killed her drummer), in web pilot "We Became The Enemy" (in which she played a performance-artist/bike messenger) and she was also commissioned to write the theme song for upcoming sci-fi thriller "Oscillator" by David Deak (still in development), in which she's slated to play a principal role of a British radio astronomer.
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