Jill is a theatre director, producer, and educator. She began her career in NYC, working for esteemed Off-Broadway companies Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Peculiar Works Project, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Since moving to Philadelphia in 2009, Jill has served as the Associate Artistic Director at Simpatico Theatre, the Festival Director for Philadelphia Theatre Company’s PTC@PLAY, and presently, the Founder & Executive Director of Directors Gathering (DG), a start-up non-profit that develops and elevates theatre directors.
Select directing credits include: the world premiere of Alessandra Most’s Private Policy, a circus in two acts (Columbia Stages), the Philadelphia premieres of Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise and Sarah Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Simpatico), David Strattan White’s The Foundling Wheel (FringeArts), Craig Lucas’ Reckless (Theatre Outlet), Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Villanova Theatre), and David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette (Swarthmore College).
An advocate for new work, Jill has collaborated with writers & directors on over 30 world & regional premieres. Some of these artists include Tony Award winning Bartlett Sher and Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas, New Dramatists playwright Stefanie Zadravec, and composer Nico Muhly.
Jill serves as a mentor for The Foundry@PlayPenn, an emerging writers’ collective, a Steering Committee member of PAAL, a national initiative for parent-theatre artist advocacy, and an Artistic Advisor for Juniper Productions, the only independent creative producing agency in Philadelphia.
Jill holds a MFA in Directing from Temple University and a BA in Theatre from Lehigh University. As a professor, Jill has taught directing and new work at University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Arcadia University, Temple University, and Villanova University. Jill is a member of Lincoln Center Theatre Director’s Lab and an associate member of SDC.