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Birth Place: Ray, Arizona

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Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop has been a BWW contributor in Tucson, Reno/Sacramento and Toronto, before landing in Phoenix. She was born in rural Arizona in 1959. Her family moved to Toronto in 1970 and she fell in love with the theatre after seeing, with her 7th grade class, the legendary production ... (read complete bio)

 

Jeanmarie Simpson Bishop Biography

Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop has been a BWW contributor in Tucson, Reno/Sacramento and Toronto, before landing in Phoenix. She was born in rural Arizona in 1959. Her family moved to Toronto in 1970 and she fell in love with the theatre after seeing, with her 7th grade class, the legendary production of Godspell (featuring Gilda Radner, Eugene Levy and Martin Short). She performed dozens of roles in regional theatre and stock in the US and Canada and began directing while still in her teens. Jeanmarie is Founding Artistic Director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company (NSC), from which she retired in 2008. With NSC she directed many projects, wrote original works and played myriad parts including Maud Gonne in Sailing to Byzantium, Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady M in Macbeth and Elsa in The Road to Mecca, directed by Zakes Mokae. Jeanmarie wrote and performed 263 times (including a run Off-Broadway) the play A Single Woman, about the life of first US Congresswoman and lifelong pacifist, Jeannette Rankin. She also starred in the film version that featured Judd Nelson, the voices of Martin Sheen and Patricia Arquette and the music of Joni Mitchell. In 2007, she appeared at the historic Beverly Hills Theatre 40 in the American premiere of the solo tour-de- force Shakespeare’s Will, produced by Leonard Nimoy. Jeanmarie is a cradle Catholic, a Quaker and lifetime member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). While attending a December 2008 meeting of WILPF’s Tucson branch, she met Shannon Cain, co-editor of the anthology Powder: writing by women in the ranks from Vietnam to Iraq. The two quickly agreed that the book could make a fine theatre piece, and Coming In Hot was conceived. Following an adaptation and rehearsal period of nine months, the play opened at Tucson’s Rhythm Industry Performance Factory. Simpson began an international tour of Coming In Hot in March of 2010, taking it throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She was commissioned by the Be the Change project to create a piece based on interviews with Dreamers; Liberty’s Children premiered at the Potentialist Workshop in Reno, Nevada in March 2014. She toured with Mary’s Joy from 2011-2014. She was denied entry at England’s Heathrow airport in February 2015, after which she took a hiatus from theatre for 18 months. She now performs the play under a new title, The Joy. She lives with her husband, Dan, in a cottage with a garden in Glendale, Arizona.





Jeanmarie Simpson Bishop News

Feature: Stage Reading Set for WHEN CHURCHYARDS YAWN: A Divine Comedy Photo Feature: Stage Reading Set for WHEN CHURCHYARDS YAWN: A Divine Comedy
by Robert Encila-Celdran - Jul 1, 2022

The script is clever, replete with snide banter befitting a satire of the Bard’s illustrious tragedy. We meet the usual suspects - the upright, the guilty, and the aggrieved - primed to settle a score or two. As they move through various gates and a chaotic mess of random earthly objects, actors are made to piece together a set of uneven stairs, a theatrical metaphor inspired by the work of Polish theater artist Tadeusz Kantor.

Arizona Theatre Matters' Summer Festival Begins Today! Photo Arizona Theatre Matters' Summer Festival Begins Today!
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 1, 2021

The Arizona Theatre Matters' summer festival launches today, with performances continuing through July 31. 

ATM Productions Bursts Onto The Virtual Stage With Expanded Online Festival Photo ATM Productions Bursts Onto The Virtual Stage With Expanded Online Festival
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 30, 2020

Radically inclusive, ATM Productions has the whole world as a stage by converting their annual Fall Festival to a completely online affair.

Dramatists Guild Footlights Series Returns February 8 With PINEAPPLE AND OTHER OPTION Photo Dramatists Guild Footlights Series Returns February 8 With PINEAPPLE AND OTHER OPTIONS
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 10, 2020

A reading of Jeanmarie Simpson's Pineapple and Other Options will be presented on February 8th at 11 a.m. At Metropolitan Arts Institute 1700 N. 7th Ave.

Wendy Warwick White Joins AZ Theatre Matters As Co-Artistic Director Photo Wendy Warwick White Joins AZ Theatre Matters As Co-Artistic Director
by Julie Musbach - Jul 11, 2019

Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop, Founding Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Matters, refers to incoming Co-Artistic Director Wendy Warwick White as 'the ultimate renaissance woman.'

Arizona Theatre Matters Announces A Call For Artists For We Ain't Done Yet Theatre Fe Photo Arizona Theatre Matters Announces A Call For Artists For We Ain't Done Yet Theatre Festival
by Stephi Wild - Jan 11, 2019

Arizona Theatre Matters announces a call for actors, directors and playwrights, for their first annual We Ain't Done Yet Theatre Festival at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, 9am-10pm November 9, 2019.

Perovich Joins B3's A WOMAN ON STAGE Pay-What-You-Can Matinee March 18th Photo Perovich Joins B3's A WOMAN ON STAGE Pay-What-You-Can Matinee March 18th
by Julie Musbach - Mar 1, 2018

Widely lauded as a director, teacher and playwright, John Perovich will facilitate an unique and exciting discussion following the March 18th matinee of A Woman on Stage.

THE JOY Rises Again in Phoenix Photo THE JOY Rises Again in Phoenix
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

The Joy, Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop's celebrated solo work, rises again in Phoenix on January 19th at the Metropolitan Arts Institute at 7:30 pm.

Metro Arts' THE JOY Director Uniquely Qualified Photo Metro Arts' THE JOY Director Uniquely Qualified
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

'As a theatre artist I have always been drawn to work that explores issues of social justice, often featuring strong and vibrant female characters,' Pamela Sterling said. Sterling has been engaged to direct the week-long workshop and staged reading, January 14-19, of Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop's internationally celebrated one-woman show, The Joy.

Now & Then Presents THE JOY Todayth At Metro Arts Photo Now & Then Presents THE JOY Todayth At Metro Arts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Playwright Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop's 2011 solo work, The Joy seems eerily appropriate for development by one of the Valley's most up and coming new theatre companies. John Perovich, founding Artistic Director of Now & Then Creative Company, serves as the project's dramaturg.