Jude Roth Bio

Prior to graduating from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Roth studied acting with former Juilliard Drama Director Michael Kahn. While at NYU, she began writing audition monologues for herself.


After NYU, as an Actors Theatre of Louisville apprentice, she was asked to write audition monologues for her peers, and wrote her first play. Playwriting turned into screen, TV, web, and commercial writing.


Her early work includes having adapted two novels by Nobel Laureate and anti-apartheid activist Nadine Gordimer: one into a stage play that Roth produced and starred in at NYC's Ensemble Studio Theatre; and the other, into a feature-length screenplay, workshopped with the late actress-filmmaker Adrienne Shelly in the lead role.


In 2012, Oscar-nominated producer Joni Levin (Peter Weir's THE WAY BACK, BEN-HUR 2016) hired Roth to adapt a novel into a screenplay .


Roth then wrote, produced, and starred in her original drama short about an undocumented worker in Arizona, EL DOCTOR, which sold to Latino Public Broadcasting and PBS. 


EL DOCTOR screened at film festivals around the world, including at Riverside where it won Best Drama Short and at the Oscar-qualifying festivals Los Angeles Latino Int'l Film Festival, LA Shorts Fest, and Guanajuato. The film is archived in Mexico's prestigious art institute, El Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía. 


Roth's TV pilots & screenplays have been finalists & semi-finalists at Sundance, Austin Film Festival, Slamdance, PAGE Int’l, and Cinestory, among other competitions. Most recently, her one-hour pilot HOMEFRONT became featured on The Black List, another pilot SINS OF THE FATHER was named to the WeForShe  WriteHer List 2018. That same pilot was a 2017 Sundance Episodic TV finalist. 



Jude Roth with husband and


EL DOCTOR composer Rob Roth



La Femme Int'l Film Festival


Los Angeles Theatre Center


October 18, 2015