Miranda Jonte

Miranda Jonte

Miranda Jonte (actor-writer-director-producer) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MFA from the Actors Studio in New York, her BA in Theatre & German from Chico State, and studied at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.
After years of being a working actor, she began creating her own work, the result being the full-length play Greasemonkey, in which she originated...
Miranda Jonte (actor-writer-director-producer) was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her MFA from the Actors Studio in New York, her BA in Theatre & German from Chico State, and studied at the University of Tuebingen in Germany.
After years of being a working actor, she began creating her own work, the result being the full-length play Greasemonkey, in which she originated the role of MARA in its world premiere in NYC (Winter 2013), and for which she was nominated for a Princess Grace Award in Playwriting. Greasemonkey was awarded the Puffin Grant to be adapted in a feature film. It will be shot in and around the Bay Area.
Her next play, St. Francis, was a semi-finalist again for Princess Grace in 2015, and in August of 2015, debuted at New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), directed by Stephen Brotebeck. The play was published in Applause Books' "The Best Plays from American Theatre Festivals 2015" and "Contemporary Monologues For a New Theater." It was also performed in Pinole, CA as a benefit for Carr Fire Relief in 2018.
Miranda and longtime collaborator Stephen Brotebeck helmed the professional production of John Minigan's Breaking the Shakespeare Code at the Greenhouse Theater in Chicago in June 2014, followed by its New York premiere with the New York International Fringe Festival, August 2014; she also recently played Anna in the 2019 NYC revival os Shakespeare Code.
Her one-woman show Good & Kissed premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Fest in NYC in 2017, and was performed at Capital Fringe in Washington DC in July 2019.
Her piece, The Shark Play made it to Final 12 at the Sam French OOB. She sets all her stories in and around the Bay Area.
She recently directed Meghan Brown's OPHELIA and John Minigan's CLOSING DOORS; working table reads of both can be found streaming on BACK PORCH THEATER.
In her spare time, Miranda does road races & mud runs, eats too much junk food, and watches a lot of rom-coms and true crime.
AEA & Dramatists Guild member.
Founder of BACK PORCH THEATER

Plays

  • Once Upon a Smorgasbord - Secret Santa Title Exchange
    How does one cope with the grief of losing a spouse? Zelly has no idea. But her dead husband might.
  • northeast (working title)
    love. longing. discovery. home.
  • A Dame Cuts a Swath - Secret Santa Title Exchange
    1940-something.
    Did she or didn't she? Detective Gabriel is on the case of this femme fatale. Can he resist her womanly, potentially deadly, charms?
  • The Shark Play
    Sully and Ben, marine scientists and stars of the popular TV show, ‘Shark Squad,’ have been fan favorites for years. As they meet to do their first ever on-air live broadcast from the choppy, shark-filled waters of San Francisco Bay, Ben blindsides Sully with unexpected news. As the sharks begin to surface from the deep, so do the partners’ long-held resentments and fears about their future.
  • St. Francis
    ​Tessa, a veterinarian who now runs a dog rescue in Northern CA, is outspoken, has an over inflated sense of justice, and probably drinks too much. Tessa is desperate to find a new building for her no kill shelter, being forced out by an incoming Starbucks. She is at the mercy of the disapproving city council, is confronted with her high school sweetheart moving back home, and all the while is mentoring teenage...
    ​Tessa, a veterinarian who now runs a dog rescue in Northern CA, is outspoken, has an over inflated sense of justice, and probably drinks too much. Tessa is desperate to find a new building for her no kill shelter, being forced out by an incoming Starbucks. She is at the mercy of the disapproving city council, is confronted with her high school sweetheart moving back home, and all the while is mentoring teenage volunteer and budding vet Molly Mattie, who has a penchant for pop culture, and thinks Tessa is the greatest thing since sliced bread. At the end of her rope, Tessa is left with approaching her estranged father for financial assistance to keep the rescue open to save the dogs, and ultimately, herself.
  • Greasemonkey
    After the passing of her much-beloved dad, Mara takes over his vintage car restoration shop in her hometown of Berkeley, CA. She finds herself responsible for running a garage full of men, as well as filling her father's very big shoes. As proud as she is to continue his legacy, she also pines for love, for romance, and for family, especially now that her father is no longer around.
  • hometown
    when she was a grown up, she fell in love with a hometown boy, the golden boy from high school, from her youth. and he loved her back. for a while.
  • i'll take
    an ode to things that make our hearts beat and blood heat. for anyone who knows what brings them joy and brings them closer to who they really are.
  • i asked you/ the art
    an ode to sensuality

    *Sister piece to the broad of your back*
  • the broad of your back
    An ode to men
  • All In A White Trash Pie
    Brother and sister Sam and Alex shop for their holiday fare at the supermarket, where Sam has brought along his latest squeeze, Peter. Peter is spending the holidays with their family. Two years later the siblings shop in the same store for the same holiday, and run into Sam's now-ex, Peter, and the true reason of the dissolution is revealed.