Anne Marie Cummings
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, Cummings studied screenwriting with Ron Osborn (writer for the award-winning TV shows “Moonlighting” and “The West Wing”) and wrote her first screenplay, a culinary romantic comedy, “Eat Bitter, Taste Sweet” - to be directed by Wendey Stanzler (“Sex and the City”). Cummings simultaneously started her film production company, Immediate Vision Productions, which uses Cummings’ vast experiences in the theatre to create projects that merge theatre onto film and television in a unique and daring way. Cummings’ first digital drama series, where she is the creator, writer, director, star (and executive producer), is for a single-shot digital drama series called “Conversations in L.A.” The series has received five Daytime Emmy nominations in the category of Digital Drama Series from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences… In 2017 – For Anne Marie Cummings, Outstanding Lead Actress. For Gustavo Velasquez, Outstanding Lead Actor. For Vanita Harbour, Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 2018 – For Anne Marie Cummings, Outstanding Writer. For Mike E. Winfield, Outstanding Guest Actor. The named actors cast in Seasons One and Two include Rebecca Metz (“Shameless,” “Better Things,” and “This is Us”), Sally Kirkland (Oscar nominee and Golden Globe Winner for the film “Anna”), Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911”), Vanita Harbour (“General Hospital”), Mike E. Winfield (“Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo”), Alyssa Gabrielle Rodriguez (“Famous in Love” and “Silicon Valley”), Sterling Jones (“Lone Survivor”), and more. In Season Three, Justin Kirk, a Primetime Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor from award-winning TV series’ such as: “Weeds,” “APB,” “You’re the Worst,” “Modern Family,” “Wayward Pines,” “The Blacklist,” “Without a Trace,” and “Angels in America” starring opposite Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Emma Thompson, joined the cast. Another well-known actor in Season Three: Willie Garson. Garson has appeared in over 50 movies, but he is most known for his role of Stanford Blatch on the HBO series, “Sex and the City.” From 2010-2015, Cummings was the Founder and Artistic Director of The Readers’ Theatre of Ithaca (RTI) which performed in black box theatres until it moved into a movie theatre where performance readings were held, as well Skype interview screenings with playwrights. Her directing credits with the company included: “Wrecks” and “Fat Pig” by Neil LaBute; “Detroit” by Lisa D’Amour; “Frozen” by Bryony Lavery; “Art” and “God of Carnage” by Yasmina Reza; “A Steady Rain” by Keith Huff; “No Child” by Nilaja Sun; “Oleanna” by David Mamet; “Uncle Vanya” by Anton Chekhov; “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies; and “Burn This” by Lanford Wilson. With her company, Cummings also wrote, directed, and filmed RTI’s short film “Easy Prey,” an anti-bully film in collaboration with Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Cornell University. A graduate of the competitive four-year conservatory drama program at Carnegie Mellon University (1996) and Oxford England’s British American Drama Academy summer program (1995), Cummings has worked, as an actress, with Tony-Award winning director Doug Hughes and other reputable directors such as Anne Bogart and Edward Payson Call. Bogart’s Viewpoints inspired Cummings towards the abstract perspective as a director developing her own avant-garde style. Cummings also studied at the British American Drama Academy under actors Jeremy Irons, Simon Callow, the late Sir John Gielgud, and the late Peggy Ashcroft. She has performed across the U.S. at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Intiman Theatre, The Alley Theatre, GeVa Theatre, Sacramento Theatre, Synchronicity Space in NYC, and The Cleveland Playhouse, to name a few. In 2005, Cummings’ play “India Awaiting” ran Off-Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theatre (starring Maulik Pancholy from “30 Rock”). Her play “Extremes” was read at NYC’s Primary Stages and was included as part of their PrimeTime reading series (starring Michael Cullen, ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’ and ‘Dead Man Walking’). Other plays include “Sinkhole,” “Soul Mates,” “Purgatory Row,” and “Touché!”. Rounding out her experiences in the creative world, Cummings was an Art Producer for Serino Coyne Advertising in NYC, creating and developing art for Broadway advertising campaigns from “The Producers” to “Cabaret.” She also worked as a Photo Editor for Paper Magazine in NYC, working under award-wining Designer and Creative Director Bridget de Socio. She was an Account Executive for LaForce & Stevens PR in NYC, launching the first Sephora in the U.S. while working with Yves Saint Laurent and The Body Shop. She was also a columnist and journalist in Upstate New York, for almost a decade, covering news, food, life, teens, and alternative health. (www.annemariecummings.com).