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Jeanne Marie Spicuzza
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Jeanne Spicuzza with shades
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jeanne Marie Spicuzza is a poet, philosopher, actress, performance artist, producer, writer of children's stories, plays and screenplays, watercolor painter and illustrator, composer, tarot reader and Master Herbalist. She appears on television, radio and film, as well as at festivals and venues such as Ladyfest, Lollapalooza, Bristol International Poetry Festival, Nuyorican Poets' Café, Green Mill, Pabst Theatre and others. Her films have screened at Raleigh Studios, Wisconsin Film Festival and Women in the Directors' Chair. Jeanne Marie is listed in several Who's Who publications, including Who's Who of Emerging Leaders, and has received awards and nominations from Shepherd Express, Fade-In Magazine, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Vatican Divsion of Arts and Culture and others. She was nominated 'Woman of the Year' in 1998 through the National Organization for Women and was selected for inclusion on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, by the National Campaign for Tolerance in honor of her public stance towards "a more just America." Selections from her screenplay "Breath of God" are on permanent exhibition with the Brooklyn Museum.

Jeanne Marie is published in Poets Against War, Quill and Parchment, Shepherd Express, Riverwest Review, Poetry Motel and others. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in philosophy and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her collection of poetry, beautiful terrible & true, is in its second printing and available through Libri Publishers. Her self-titled CD, nominated for the Golden Headset Award, is available through Inoculation Records. It was beaten out, by a mere three votes, by James Earl Jones Reads the New Testament!

Jeanne Marie has a deep affinity with medieval visionary and composer Hildegard von Bingen and is in the second decade of development of the feature film "Breath of God" about this amazing historical woman! Her premiere feature film "Making Angels" with "Daughters of the Dust" director Julie Dash is scheduled for production in 2008, and completed her debut novel bearing the same title. Jeanne Marie is the mother of artist Stephanie Spicuzza and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Guy Hoffman. She dreams of settling down in Sicily and travels whenever she can.


Producer, screenwriter and lead actor of feature film project "MAKING ANGELS" with ensemble cast. Currently in pre-production.

Screenwriter and star of sitcom "GOTCHA! TAROT." Currently in development.

Screenwriter and actor of docudrama project "THE SCARAPIST." Currently in development.

Producer, screenwriter and star of feature film project "BREATH OF GOD," based on the life of German mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Received high honors from the Vatican, division of arts and culture, June 2000 and the Academy of Arts and Sciences, August 2000. Currently in development.

Producer, screenwriter and star of "FIELD DAY," a high definition short film with domestic and foreign distribution.

Writer, lead actor and co-producer for videos "WOMAN/WOMEN," "NAKED," and "LABORS." Domestic distribution.

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Portobello Film Festival, London, U.K.

Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison, Wisconsin.

Women in the Directors Chair, Chicago, Illinois.

Live Tours

Voice and character of the Fortune-Telling 2007 Toyota Yaris, Dew Action Sports Tour, 2006.

Featured performances at Ladyfest London and European Tour, Santa Monica College, Thousand Oaks High School, Ladyfest Glasgow, Mae West Fest, Nuyorican Poets' Café, the Green Mill, Austin International Poetry Festival, Lollapalooza, the Pabst Theatre and others. Cities include Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, San Diego, Bristol, London, Sheffield, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Leuven, London, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Frederick, MD, Portland, OR, Seattle, Bisbee, AZ, New York City and others.


Live performances and interviews on WSUM, ROR FM Italia, KUCI, Irvine; BBC, England; WHAD, National Public Radio; WMSE; Lightforce TV, NBC, and MATA.

Featured artist appearing in On Milwaukee, February 1, 2005, April 29, 2003, April 24, 2003, March 11, 2003; Santa Monica Mirror, Vol. 3, Issue 39; Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, December 1998; Veronica Magazine, Issue #3, Music Connection, Volume XXVI, No. 13, Shepherd Express, September 27, 2001 and September 25, 1997; Audio World, April 2001; PL News, September 2000; Renaissance Magazine, April 1998, The Italian Times, Vol. 19, No. 9, Angles: Magazine of Women in Film and Video, Volume 3, Numbers 3 & 4.


Author of beautiful terrible & true, a collection of poems and writings, LIBRI/publishers, Los Angeles, September 2000. Second edition, February 2005.

Producer and artist of self-tiled CD, February 2001.

Awards & Nominations

Semifinalist, Fade In Screen Test Competition, October 2002.

Best Performance by an International Performer, Farrago Zoo Award nominee, 2001 - 2002.

Best Self-Help/Inspirational Audio, Golden Headset Award nominee, 2001.

Semifinalist, Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2000.

High Honors, Vatican Division of Arts and Culture, 2000.

Best Performance Artist of the Year, Shepherd Express Weekly, 1998.

Woman of the Year Nominee, National Organization of Women, 1998.

Winner of poetry slams, various, including Bristol International Poetry Festival, Nuyorican Poets Cafe and Milwaukee Grand Slams.


Selected for permanent exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum.

Selected for inclusion on the Wall of Tolerance by the National Campaign for Tolerance, Morris Dees and Rosa Parks, founding chairs.

Founder and president of Hilde Productions.

Listed in several Marquis Who's Who editions, including Who's Who in the World.

Founder of Seasons & a Muse, Inc., publishing, arts and film production corporation.

Published in The Shepherd Express, Riverwest Review, Poetry Motel, Bluff Magazine and others.

Training & Education

Santa Monica Dance Studio, Beginning - Intermediate Ballet and Private Coaching, Yana Makarova, instructor.

Ivana Chubbuck Studios, Advanced Acting, Chris Holder, instructor.

The Groundlings School, Basic, Mitch Silpa, instructor.

Actors' Studio, Diane Salinger, Advanced Acting.

AIA Actor's Studio, Master Class with Jason Alexander.

AIA Actor's Studio, Linda Phillips-Palo, C.S.A., The Artists Way.

Bobby Chance Studios, Bobby Chance, Advanced Acting.

Margie Haber Studios, Courtney Burr, Cold Reading Workshops.

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, Masterclass with Timothy West.

Master of Arts, Philosophy and Herbalism.

University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, Bachelor of Arts Degree, philosophy and psychology.

Articles & Interviews

On Milwaukee, February 1, 2005; By: OMC Staff Writers.

The Bay Viewer, June 10, 2004; By: Nan Bialek.

On Milwaukee, April, 12, 2004; By: Bobby Tanzilo.

On Milwaukee, April 29, 2003; By: Bobby Tanzilo.

Music Connection, June 24, 2002, Vol. 26, Iss. 13, pg. 28; By: Tom Kidd.

Veronica Magazine, Vol. 1, Iss. 3; By: Staff Writers.

Shepherd Express, September 27, 2001; By: Jennifer Maher.

Santa Monica Mirror, Vol. 3, Iss. 39; By: Staff Writers

Audio World, March 2001; By Bennet Pomerantz.

PL News, September 2000; By: Brandon Backhaus.

Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, December 18, 1998; By: Nick Carter.

Renaissance Magazine, Vol. 3, Iss. 2; By: Mistress Isa.

The Daily News of Wisconsin, May 4, 1998; By: Staff Writers.

The Italian Times, March 1998; By: Staff Writers.

Angles: Magazine of Women in Film and Video, Vol. 3, Is. 3 & 4; By: Alfrieda Abbe.

Shepherd Express, September 25, 1997; By: Scott Sloan.

The Daily Journal, June 6, 1997; By: Staff Writers.

Press Releases

Jeanne Marie Spicuzza Joins "The Dinner Party"

Wall of Tolerance Honors Poet and Actor Jeanne Marie Spicuzza

Poet Jeanne Marie Spicuzza Expresses Wit, Hope & Wisdom in 'Beautiful Terrible & True'

"Field Day" Releases in Controversial Times

'Field Day" Premieres in Hollywood

"FIELD DAY" available in autumn 2004


Press Quotes

“Seasons & a Muse... film production corporation, founded by artist/filmmaker Jeanne Marie Spicuzza... carries a slate of projects, including the much-anticipated feature film BREATH OF GOD, the story of... Hildegard von Bingen. David Lynch, Protozoa Pictures, Vincent Ward and the Vatican endorse the project, over 12 years in development.”

– Filmmaker Magazine, January 2004

“Spicuzza herself should serve as inspiration to a new generation of women. Fearless and focused, dynamic and driven, she appears to know exactly what she wants to do and she's got the energy to do it. ”

– Bobby Tanzilo, On Milwaukee, April 29, 2003

“Spicuzza is to be commended for her attempts to speak for women in the past– mythical and actual– in a voice that is both of these things.”

–Jennifer Maher, Shepherd Express, September 2001

“Performance artist Jeanne Spicuzza… has captured my mind and my ears with her bravado. Her reparatory of vocal characters flows off the map. Her words are creative, well thought out and will astonish both male and female alike.”

–Bennet Pomerantz, Audio World, April 2001

“A “Sicilian Spitfire’”

– Stephanie Renee, CCP Ink Spot News, December 2000

“Jeanne [shows] her dynamism by changing accents and performance styles, from existential longings to fly to street wise expectant mother... A superb poet and performer. Keep your ears wide for news of this woman warrior, she is on the rise!”

– Brandon Bacchus, PL News, October 2000

“Jeanne Spicuzza reads poetry, plays music and gets involved in just about all ends of the performing arts. She’s a great talent.”

– Dave Luhrssen, Shepherd Express, January 1999

“[Jeanne Spicuzza] fuses enough fragments of dance, vocals, poetry and dramatic visuals to make a Laurie Anderson show seem understated. But the bits consistently use humor and focus to keep the production out of the ether.”

– Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 1998

“Her spoken word performances often blend off-the-wall humor with smart sub-references... The line of definition gets fuzzier when categorizing performance poetry, performance art and stand-up comedy in meter. Spicuzza has a stake in all of the above.”

– Scott Sloan, Shepherd Express, September 1997

Photo gallery

Music of Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard was a remarkable woman, a 'first' in many fields. At a time when few women wrote, she produced major works of theology, music and visionary writings. She used the curative powers of music and natural objects for healing. Her story is an inspirational account of an irresistible spirit and vibrant intellect overcoming social, physical, cultural and gender barriers.

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