Jillian was born and raised in Sparks, NV and is true Nevada girl through and through. A dancer for 26 years classically trained in numerous genres of dance including; Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Lyrical. She has performed in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Life and Times of Walt Disney Ballets among others holding such lead roles as; The Sugar Plum Fairy, The Merliton Queen, Doll, Clown, Flora, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, The Genie from Aladdin, Drisella from Cinderella, and many others. At the age of 15 Jillian began teaching at local dance studio Jenny's Studio of Dance where she still currently teaches. Through Jenny's Studio, Jillian found a love for all art forms on and off of the stage! Jillian is honored to serve as Executive Director of TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada after serving on the TWNN Board of Directors for 4 years as the Secretary for 1 Year and most recently Vice President for 2. She has enjoyed her time on the Board as well as directing shows for TWNN and is excited for her role as Executive & Artistic Director with the Organization. Her love of children, the Reno-Sparks Community and the arts drive her to further the Mission of TheatreWorks of Northern Nevada! Jillian also plans numerous events and produces several shows throughout the Reno-Sparks Community to raise money and awareness for several causes and local non-profits for which she is dedicated including; serving as Northern Regional Director for the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization, Executive Director of the Miss Reno, Sparks & Washoe County Scholarship Program, a local preliminary program to Miss Nevada and Miss America. She is the Parade & Meet n' Greet Chair for Northern Nevada Pride. Co-Creator of Drag Wars - the Kickoff to Northern Nevada Pride and a member of the Board for The Nevada Gay Men's Chorus. She also coaches the Reed High School Dance Team. In her free time Jillian enjoys spending time with her better half Regan, her Lhasapoo Bently and her Chorkie Penny, traveling, camping and re-modelling their home. Jillian believes that a positive outlook and passion for all that you do will always guide you in the right direction!
2014 | Good Evening Artown- Assistant Director
2015 | Murder at the Prom- Director
2017 | Shrek the Musical- Director & Costumer (Artown)
2018 | The Penny Dreadfuls- Director
Aladdin Jr. - Director & Costumer (Artown)
Questions about classes, camps, or show auditions? Interested in directing, or have an idea to submit for our next Season? Interest in volunteering, helping build set, costume or other tech duties! Jillian would love to hear from you! Contact her today at 775.284.0789 or email her at TheatreWorks.NV@gmail.com