Actor/Director Credits  


Jill is an actress, director, teacher, and award-winning playwright. Her stage work includes drama, musical theatre, children's theatre, light opera and comedic improvisation. Jill has directed, written, or acted for the original Alaska Repertory Theatre, Alaska Light Opera Theatre, Anchorage Opera, Out North, Alaska Theatre of Youth, Toast Theatre, TBA, Kokopelli, Anchorage Community Theatre, Cyrano’s, and the Main Stage of the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez! Favorite acting credits include Silda in OTHER DESERT CITIES, Beth in DINNER WITH FRIENDS, Blanche in A STREETCARE NAMED DESIRE, Melanie in LETTER TO A DAUGHTER (with playwright Sir Arnold Wesker), The Princess Conti in LA BETE, and performing in her three original shows CONFESSIONS OF A PK, THIS STRANGER MY FRIEND, and her nationally award winning one-woman show THE MOMMY DANCE, which toured throughout Alaska, the lower 48 and Western Canada.  Jill's directing credits include ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE - The Radio Show, MACBETH, THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE abridged, Neil Simon’s FOOLS, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BLITHE SPIRIT, AS YOU WISH, Elton John’s AIDA, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, GUYS AND DOLLS, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and many more.  Jill teaches high school theatre at East Anchorage High school, and recently completed her certification for teaching the Meisner method of acting, after studying with Master Teacher Larry Silverberg.  Jill is now teaching Meisner acting classes, weekend workshops in auditioning and scene study, and coaching individuals in her new private studio, ALASKA TRUE ACTING. You can see Jill in her film debut in THE FROZEN GROUND with Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, and in the upcoming made for TV movie LOST IN ALASKA on the Discovery channel, and the recently released short film SHADE. 


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