Jeanmarie Simpson


Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop’s plays include In My Own Image, Chimera: Weaving the Fragments, Ringers, Compost, A Single Woman and Heretic – the Mary Dyer Story. Jeanmarie’s work has been produced and/or developed by many theatres including the Nevada Shakespeare Company, California Stage Company, The Culture Project, the Tennessee Women's Theatre Project and Rip Rap Studios in Los Angeles. In addition, her plays and adaptations have been presented at hundreds of venues worldwide. She has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1995.


Jeanmarie (Simpson) Bishop is Founding Artistic Director of Arizona Theatre Matters and of the Nevada Shakespeare Company which she co-founded in 1989 and from which she retired in 2012. Jeanmarie wrote and performed hundreds of times in 53 countries (including an Off-Broadway run), over a period of 12 years, the play A Single Woman, about the life of the first US Congresswoman and pacifist Jeannette Rankin. She 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 Theater 40 in the American premier of the solo tour-de-force Shakespeare's Will, directed by Leonard Nimoy.  She is known for her writings of heroic women in modern and historic times. Jeanmarie is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographer and the Dramatists Guild and a retired member of Actors' Equity Association and Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA