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Giovannie Espiritu's identity is inherently political: A bisexual, once-undocumented immigrant Filipina mom who spent time in a Biblical doomsday cult as a teen. Her first short film, “Ultra-Feminist,” got an Honorable Mention at Outfest:Fusion, and her second film, “ALLY 3000,” won over 12 awards at film festivals mainly in scriptwriting and social justice. Most of her work has taken aim at dismantling the patriarchy, healing generational trauma, and exposing systems of bias with humor. Her IRL and reel life mantra is to “Break Hearts Wide Open and Create More Moments of Joy.”
As an actor, she was once nominated alongside Academy Award nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress, but she didn’t know what to do with that information other than put it on her business card.
No joke. The beginning of my life was made into a TV Movie. I was in a fundamentalist Christian cult as a teenager and then got into the film/tv industry through voice-overs on a fluke. Acting was my savior. They made a movie about my life in the Philippines.
Joni on 911:Lone Star. Nancy on the Tubi Original Titanic 666 with Annalynne McCord, Jaime Bamber, and Keesha Sharp. Recurring on Young Sheldon. Melody in the Christmas film, Middleton Christmas with Two-Time Emmy Winner Eileen Davidson, Jackie on the feature film, D-Railed with Lance Henriksen as my boss. Also, series lead as the genderq
Joni on 911:Lone Star. Nancy on the Tubi Original Titanic 666 with Annalynne McCord, Jaime Bamber, and Keesha Sharp. Recurring on Young Sheldon. Melody in the Christmas film, Middleton Christmas with Two-Time Emmy Winner Eileen Davidson, Jackie on the feature film, D-Railed with Lance Henriksen as my boss. Also, series lead as the genderqueer lothario Gin on DykeCentral on Amazon. Other stuff: ER (4 episodes), Trauma, Gilmore Girls, and Bones.
UCB Graduate. Thirty-ish empty nester (See cult beginnings). Writer and maker of weird things. In post-prod for my first feature, "Love &Karma," commissioned by Bontika Films and working on my narrative documentary "MotherLand."
Top Hollywood Acting Coach: HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com
I was interviewed by Yong Chavez for ShowBiz Tonight on TFC.
Actress and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award Nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress at MethodFest for the Mynah Films feature film Fiona’s Script. Her primetime credits include a recurring role on ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Gilmore Girls (ABC), and Trauma (NBC). She can currently be seen as the lead in the Amazon series, “Dyke Central,” which was featured in After Ellen, BuzzFeed, Bust Magazine and Curve Magazine as a top LGBTQ series to watch. As a filmmaker, she was featured in Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaHa Media for her parody song, “An Introvert’s World,” and her storytelling has been featured in Ms. Magazine. A three-time Outfest Fusion Filmmaker, her short film, "Ultra-Feminist," was awarded Honorable Mention. Her film, "Ally3000," just won Best Screenplay at the Culture and Diversity Film Festival in Los Angeles, as well at Special Mention Female Director at the Five Continents International Film Festival. It also picked up award in the categories of Social Justice / Scriptwriting / Humor / Women Filmmakers. was recently acquired by TBA Studios.
She coaches kids/teens online nationwide through HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com and was just named as one of the top 40 Audition Coaches in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Winners Circle founded by Wendy Alane Wright, a top talent manager. Her students are represented by the top agencies in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and notable student alumni include William Lipton (Daytime Emmy Nominee, Cameron on General Hospital) and the Espina Sisters (Hosts of Dreamworks’ “Life Hacks for Kids on the Road”).
In her spare time, she rock climbs and advocates for Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention and LGBTQ equality. She has served on the Board of Directors for C.O.R.A. (a Bay Area domestic violence hotline and agency) and been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Senate for her community service. Member Producer Guild of America, Alliance of Women Directors, recipient of the 2021 Most Influential Filipina in the Word: Innovator & Thought Leader.
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