Height: 5"3 | Eye Color: Brown | Hair Color: Light Brown
Jillian Armenante was recently named Best New Director of 2015 by the prestigious NewFilmmakers Los Angeles. She is a member of the Alliance of Women Directors and the Producer’s Guild of America.
Most recently Ms Armenante produced and directed the comedy STUCK by Heather Turman and David Mickel, starring Indie Spirit Award Winner Heather Matarazzo, Joel McHale, Avery Pearson, Kate Flannery, Kirsten Vangsness, Felicia Day and more.
STUCK just won Best Feature at the Scottish Indie Film Fest and was chosen for the Hollywood Reel Indie FF (nominated Best Picture, Best Actress), First Glance FF (nominated Best Director, winner Best Comedy) the Pasadena International Film Fest (nominated Best Feature), the Artemis Film Fest (winner Best Picture- Pro Action, Best Director), the Atlanta Indie Film Fest, and the New York City Indie Film Fest.
She produced and directed THE LIST by Kelleen Conway Blanchard, starring Saffron Burrows which recently won Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival best short film.
She executive produced, wrote, directed and acted in the original series KITTENS IN A CAGE based on the play by Kelleen Conway Blanchard, with Michelle Monaghan, Felicia Day, Misha Collins, Joel McHale and dozens more. It is available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and Playstation. KITTENS IN A CAGE was selected for the New York Television Festival and she just received a Best Feature Award and Best New Director of 2015 from NewFilmmakers LA. Her company Stoic Entertainment also received a deal to develop KITTENS into an animated series with the Emmy Award winning Bento Box Entertainment as well as a development deal with WeTV..
Kittens has won a multitude of awards including…
Temecula Independent Film Festival: Best Comedy Feature & Top 5 of Festival, IndieFest Film Awards: Award of Excellence, LA Spotlight Film Festival: Best FeatureFilm, LA Comedy Festival: Best Feature and Best Ensemble, Grand Prize, Best Comedy Feature, Official Selections of NewFilmmakersNY, Downtown Film Fest LA, Independent Filmmakers Showcase. and many, many more…
Jillian Armenante was named Top 100 New Media Content Creators by the New Media Film Festival. She co-wrote the theme song and directed the music video for KITTENS IN A CAGE with Capitol/Blue Note band Vintage Trouble. She also co-wrote the song ALL I ASK and directed the music video with American Idol, Constantine Maroulis.
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.
As an actress, her film credits include HAIL,CEASAR!, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BAD TEACHER, A MIGHTY HEART, NORTH COUNTRY and GIRL, INTERRUPTED. Her TV credits include BETTER CALL SAUL, FRESH OFF THE BOAT (recurring as
Nancy), SCANDAL, THE FOSTERS, SHAMELESS, DROPPING THE SOAP, PARTY DOWN, CASTLE, THE CLOSER, PRIVATE PRACTICE, GREY’S ANATOMY, E.R., SIX FEET UNDER, THE WEST WING, and NORTHERN EXPOSURE. She was a series regular (130 episodes)
on the CBS Drama JUDGING AMY for which she won a TV Guide Award.
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 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 co-wrote 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 worked at Rothfield Casting in Seattle, on the films SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, A GOOD KILL, LITTLE BUDDAH and JADE.
Ms. Armenante is a founding member of Wiggly World Studios (now Northwest Film Forum). Her screenplay TURNING THIRTY was selected for the Seattle International Film Festival's Screenwriter's Salon.
She has a BAPA degree from Middlesex University, London.
She is represented by DOMAIN TALENT & FRAMEWORK ENTERTAINMENT in Los Angeles.