Jillian Armenante worked in Iraq where she participated, with a grant from the US State Department, as a director for the ART OF SOCIAL JUSTICE FESTIVAL and the Iraqi premiere of Heather Raffo’s NINE PARTS OF DESIRE.
Jillian’s theatre credits include THE CIDER HOUSE RULES by John Irving, adapted by
Peter Parnell and directed by Tom Hulce at the Seattle Rep Theatre, The Mark Taper
Forum in LA & The Atlantic Theatre in NYC. For this role she received a Garland Award, a
Theatreworld Award for "Debut on the New York Stage" and a Drama Desk nod.
In the theatre, she recently directed a COVID compliant production of THE TURN OF THE SCREW at the Oldcastle Theatre Company in Bennington Vermont.
She directed the West Coast Premiere of WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… by Jackie Drury. The play was LA Times Critics Pick, Ovation Award pick and winner of Best Production in LA at the LA Weekly Awards.
She produced and directed the world premiere of LOVE LOVES A PORNOGRAPHER by Jeff Goode and won a Drama Critics Award and several Garland Awards including “Best Director”.
She also produced, directed and co-wrote LAURA COMSTOCK’S BAG-PUNCHING DOG which received both the Theatre LA’s Ovation Award and the L.A. Weekly Award for World Premiere of a Musical.
She produced, directed and cowrote IN FLAGRANTE GOTHICTO which received the LA Drama Critic Circle Awards for Writing, Directing and Production as well as the Ted Schmitt Award for "Most Outstanding Debut of a New Play". It also won the LA Weekly Award for Playwriting and Comedy Ensemble and Garland Awards for Production, Direction, Writing, Ensemble.
Jillian directed and produced the
world premiere GREAT MEN OF SCIENCE, NOS, 21 & 22 by Glen Berger which received a Theatre LA Ovation Award and an LA Weekly Award for Best Production. It was a Backstage West Critic’s Pick, LA Times Critics’ Choice and a Dramalogue Critic’s Choice.
She was an Artistic Director for Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles, from
1997-2000. She produced a multitude of award-winning world premieres.
Ms. Armenante was a member of Annex Theatre in Seattle from 1987-1995. At Annex, she acted in, directed and produced dozens of world premieres.
She has a BAPA degree from Middlesex University, London.
She is represented by REALM TALENT & FRAMEWORK ENTERTAINMENT in Los Angeles.