Thursday, October 01, 2015

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)

UPCOMING!  BABES IN TOYLAND at Carnegie Hall with MasterVoices, conducted by Ted Sperling!

IN THE WORKS! a show Jill has created, GIFTS FROM THE UNIVERSE: Accepted & Rejected, is nearing completion, looking forward to a production soon!


"27" with MasterVoices at City Center - music by Ricky Ian Gordon, libretto by Royce Vavrek, direction by James Robinson, conducted by Ted Sperling.

30 Artists/30 Years Fielday

THE INN AT LAKE DEVINE  (directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman, Tongue In Cheek Theater

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 E.T.C., AMAS, 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.
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.  VOICE AND SPEECH with Shane Ann Younts.  Shakespeare with Andrew Wade from The Royal Shakespeare Company. Improvisation with Del Close of Second City. Musical Theatre: Jen Waldman Studio. Musical Scene Study: Jamibeth Margolis. 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.  
GO TO:  David Wirth

Monday, June 08, 2015


JILL MELANIE WIRTH’s one-act "dramedies" cover topics which are personalcultural, political, historical and sexual. 
Jill Melanie Wirth and David Wirth have created "dramedies" which examine end of life issues, historical topics and sexual matters. Audiences have found the pieces to be entertaining, thought provoking, as well as enriching. These pieces are executed through text, song, and movement.

LONG TERM CARE Mrs. Pink, a social worker caught between the needs of an individual and the demands of the bureaucracy that employees her; takes Ms. Brown, a family member, on a tour of a long term care facility. The story is told through text, song, and dance.
LIFE SUPPORT examines in a serious/comic way the ethical dilemma and repercussions of keeping someone with "no hope" on life support.
RUFUS TO THE RESCUE involves puppetry of two hound dogs Rufus and Cleopatra. Rufus saves the day and teaches Cleo a thing or two about what’s truly important in life.
ROBESON AT PEEKSKILL A woman recounts, through text and song, the importance of Paul Robeson to her mother. It details how the tragic events that occurred at the Robeson concert in Peekskill NY in 1949 affected her mother’s life.
THIS IS FOR YOU DAISY ELLINGTON is a tribute to Duke Ellington’s mother. Daisy Ellington’s spirit is summoned, and learns, through text and music of Duke Ellington (a dozen songs) what she missed of her son’s later life, and how her influence shaped him and his music.
BUTLER’S ISLAND BLUES:The Fanny Kemble Story provides a tour of Butler’s Island, where Fanny Kemble wrote Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation, which is said to have influenced England against the Confederacy during America’s Civil war. Fanny Kemble, a 19th Century British Actress, is seen as she struggles to reveal the truth about American slavery and defies the will of her merciless plantation owner husband.
INDIAN LOVE CALL is a one-person-one-act "dramedy." The play is executed through text, song, percussion, and movement. It takes a satirical/fantastical look at the assimilation of a pre-Columbian Native American into modern society. Dr. I.M. White, a Ph.D in "cultural anthropology" proceeds to change an Indian from head to toe.
Sex Sells! ... a woman isn't satisfied with being satisfied.
PC Pull-Ups ...a woman goes to extreme measures to save her marriage and receives surprising help from a stone jade egg.
Boston On Business ... a woman travels to Boston on business with dreams of romance, but finds herself in the wrong city.
Sex Ed ... a couple unexpectedly discovers the recipe for great sex.
Orgasmic Fusion ... involves puppetry of two hound dogs, Rufus and Cleo
Welcome to Playland! ... where a woman's computer expertise heals more than her husband's sexual addiction.



Sunday, June 07, 2015

Jill Melanie Wirth * Jill Wirth
* Jill Wirth *  Jill Melanie Wirth

Jill Wirth * Jill Melanie Wirth * Jill Wirth * Jill Melanie Wirth


photo: Victor Skrebneski

photo: Victor Skrebneski


Thursday, October 03, 2013