Simone Yehuda is a screenwriter whose most recent works are The New Eve (Sci-Fi Thriller) and Jerusalem Road (Political Thriller), which was selected as a Semi-finalist in the Stage 32 Happy Writers Feature Contest 2015. Additional screenplays in progress include Love and Homicide (Romantic Thriller), Matatora! (Bio-Pic Thriller), and Willing (Mystery Thriller). She’s grateful for the mentorship of film industry professionals Cynthia Whitcomb, Wendy Hammond, Hal Croasmun, Chris Soth, and the late Michael Goldberg.
Her film experience includes Debris (Short), Associate Producer, Cuba Pictures/Parallel Film Productions; Unspeakable: An Animated Holocaust Documentary, Adviser, Faculty NY Company; Bug (Feature), Special Thanks, Lions Gate/Inferno; and Naked Angel (Feature), Casting, Dancingstar Productions.
Simone is also a playwright, with several productions to her credit, including Willing (Premiere, Attic Theater, Detroit, 1983; Vortex Theatre Spring Showcase/Off Off Broadway, 1989) and The Sign of a Free Man (Jewish Ensemble Theatre Spring Showcase, West Bloomfield, MI, 2000). She was co-founder and Artistic Director of the Ann Arbor Repertory Theatre (an Equity company) and Artistic Director of Ann Arbor’s Young People’s Theater.
An accomplished poet, Simone served as Founding Editor of Eclipse Magazine and Poetry Editor for Bridges Journal. Her books of poetry include Thaw (Inwood/Horizon Press, 1974), Lifting Water (Crowfoot Press, 1979), and Pieces of Thunder (in process).
Simone received Michigan Council for the Arts Artist Apprenticeship Awards (1982, 1983) and a Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artist Award (1983). She was also honored with Artist Residencies at the Ragdale Foundation (Lake Forest, IL, 2007) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (Woodside, CA, 2007), where she was awarded the Erik A. Takulan Memorial Endowed Fellowship (2008).
Simone is Professor Emerita at Siena Heights University, (Adrian, MI) where she served as Professor of English from 1973-2011.
She has been identified by several names over the course of her career, including Simone Naomi Juda, Simone Juda Press, Simone Press, Simone Naomi Yehuda, S.Y. Molino, and Simone Shapiro.
Simone holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing (playwriting) from the Union Institute and University, a MA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a BA in American Literature from Bennington College.