Jill Melanie Wirth
Jill Melanie Wirth is an actress/singer/writer
actress/singer (theatre, film, tv, concert, commercials)
writer/performer (dramedies that examine end-of-life issues, historical topics, and sexual matters)
"27" with MasterVoices at City Center - A new opera about Gertrude Stein, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon, libretto by Royce Vavrek, direction by James Robinson, conducting by Ted Sperling!
30 Artists/30 Years Fielday
THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE (directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, Tongue In Cheek Theater
A CHEKHOV FEAST (played Madame Ranevsky in THE CHERRY ORCHARD & Olga in THE THREE SISTERS)
HBO's THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, directed by Ryan Murphy (GLEE) in which Jill plays a White House Receptionist in a scene with Mark Ruffalo and Corey Stoll.
THIS IS FOR YOU DAISY ELLINGTON (a solo theatrical concert) at 92nd Street Y.
THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS, an evening of Tennessee Williams One Acts (played Mrs. Hardwicke-Moore in LADY OF LARKSPUR LOTION and Mrs. Yorke in WHY DO YOU SMOKE SO MUCH, LILY?)
Jill appeared Off-Broadway in KITHLESS IN PARADISE directed by Niki Flacks. She also performed with American International/Red Door Theatre in N.I.C.E. (by William Roetzheim, directed by Kate Erin Gibson). Jill has performed in theatre, film, tv, concerts, commercials, and voice-overs in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London.
Jill has appeared in theatre and music productions at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center
, Playwrights Horizons
, Carnegie Hall, BAM
Next Wave Festival, Vineyard Theatre
, La Mama
, The York Theatre,
and Westport Country Playhouse
. She has appeared as a solo vocalist at Marjorie Eliot's Parlor Entertainment and in the Meet the Virtuoso
concert series at The 92nd Street Y
Jill Melanie Wirth has worked under the direction of such theatre legends as Patricia Birch, Tom O’Horgan, Joseph Chaikin, John Vaccaro, and André De Shields.
Jill Melanie Wirth has worked in the development process of musicals such as Stephen Schwartz' Children of Eden (Playwrights Horizons), Doug Katsaros' Valadon and Orphan Train (York Theatre, and NYMF directed by Pat Birch); as well as Artie Shaw's Dreamweavers (directed by Jamibeth Margolis).
Her work in New York theatre at La Mama ETC, includes Eve Miriam's THE PLAGUES directed by Tom O'Horgan, William M. Hoffman's ETIQUETTE directed by John Vaccaro, and Lonnie Carter's LEMUEL directed by Andre De Shields, and on Theatre Row in Leslie Lee's WILLIE. Her work in London was at The Man in the Moon Theatre in BORN BAD, under the direction of Phil Willmott.
Jill and David Wirth produced, directed, as well as acted in the premiere stage production of Charles Willeford's HIGH PRIEST OF CALIFORNIA.
On Television Jill Melanie Wirth appeared in HBO's The Normal Heart, and starred opposite Mandy Patinkin in NBC's television special "Sureness of the Morning" as well as in countless commercials and voice-overs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUeXDAf-Hz8
Other television work includes Momsters, Law& Order, One Life to Live, and Guiding Light.
As a writer/performer, Jill Melanie Wirth’s "dramedies"examine end-of-life issues, historical topics and sexual matters. They have been commissioned for Women's History Month, and Black History Month productions, and have been produced by The 92nd Street Y, Stage Left Studio, Abingdon Theatre, The Workshop Theater, Artistic New Directions, and in Festivals.. Her works were developed at Dixon Place and Mabou Mines. Jill has also performed her work for the Weill-Cornell Hospital Ethics Committee, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, for New York Public Schools, and at the New York Public Library.
Some of her recent titles include: Long Term Care, Life Support, Rufus to the Rescue, Robeson at Peekskill, This is for You Daisy Ellington, The Fanny Kemble Story, Stop Spinning! Stop Rushing!, Indian Love Call, Sex Sells!, PC Pull-Ups, Boston on Business, Sex Ed, and Welcome to Playland! PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR A DESCRIPTION OF WORKS!
Training Jill Melanie Wirth (formerly known as Jill Kotler) is originally from Chicago where she studied acting with Dr. Bella Itkin at The Goodman School of Drama, Bud Beyer of Northwestern University, and John Malkovich at Steppenwolf Theatre. She began her career in Chicago Theatre in productions at Hull House, The Body Politic, with The Chicago Stategy Theatre Company (under the direction of June Pyskacek) and with The Halcyon Commedia Dell Arte Repertory Company. Additional training includes ACTING WITH PASSION with Niki Flacks Shakespeare with Andrew Wade from The Royal Shakespeare Company; Speech with Shane Ann Younts; Improvisation with Del Close of Second City; Musical Theatre: Jen Waldman Studio and Jamibeth Margolis (New Works Scene Study) Singing technique: Dewin Tibbs (currently). INNER VOICE with David Friedman (currently).
Personally: Jill has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She has worked extensively with head-injured adults. Jill throws pottery, does yoga, and gardens. Jill Wirth is married to actor/writer/director/martial artist/book dealer David Wirth.