Jillian Courtney

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Assistant Professor of Theater
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"My research is in queer voice, gender-affirming voicework, and art as a labor of social justice/social justice as a work of art. I believe that art is a revolutionary act, as is finding your voice, helping others find theirs, and speaking truth."

Jillian Courtney (she/her/hir) joined the Conservatory in 2021 teaching Voice and Speech 3 to musical theater students and Acting Methods 1: Contemporary to graduate vocal pedagogy students. She is a theater actor, devised theater maker, writer, voiceover actor, and voice explorer/teacher.

Courtney is the creator and a founding member of Tacklebox Immersive Theatre Spectacular, a diverse, interdisciplinary collective of multifaceted artists that exists to foster brilliance and uplift the voices and stories of marginalized people through immersive and devised theater, performance art, and visual arts. She is also a member of the Demidov Ensemble, transcontinental and international artists who come together to make art, hold space, and practice the acting technique developed by Nikolai Demidov.

Courtney is in the process of attaining certification in Roy Hart voicework from the Roy Hart Centre Artistique in France. She is also trained in Rodenberg, Fitzmaurice, and Linklater voicework as well as Knight Thompson Speechwork. She holds an M.F.A. in acting from Florida State University Asolo Conservatory, a B.F.A. in theatre arts from Boston University, and has received training in intimacy choreography from Theatrical Intimacy Education and social justice training from Justice Movement.

She is based in both New York City and Tucson, Arizona, and offers virtual and in-person private coaching.