Christopher Comer, Dean
Professor of Theatre - Head of Theatre Performance
Theatre of the Oppressed
Teacher as Actor
Methods of Teaching Theatre
Jillian has lived and worked in the theatre communities in Europe, Asia, Egypt, and Brazil, and is the Co-Artistic Director of Studio Three Theatre in India which focuses on social, political, and cross-cultural performances. From 2007-2011 she lived in India where she was a visiting professor at Mumbai University’s Academy of Theatre Arts and where she also created a social-justice program that continues to use drama therapy with girls who have been rescued from the human-trafficking industry. Jillian has been involved in an ongoing research project in Scandinavia in conjunction with the Swedish rehabilitation center Framnas Folkhogskolan that looks at theatre as a tool for brain-injury rehabilitation. Jillian has been honored at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., for her directing work and her 2005 documentary The Making of the Puzzle Club, which aired on PBS. She has written numerous articles, book chapters, and plays and her new book, Acting for Non-Actors is due out this summer. She is a graduate of CalArts, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the American University in Cairo. Jillian's new book, Acting Successful: using performance skills is everyday life was just published and released with Cognella Press: https://titles.cognella.com/acting-successful-9781626617032.html
B.F.A. Acting. California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), 1992.
M.A. Teaching English. American University in Cairo, 1994.
Teaching Credentials/Liscense: English and Drama, Chapman University, 1995.
M.A. Performance Studies. New York University, 1999. Master’s Thesis: The Efficacy of Play.
Ph.D. Theatre and Psychology. University of Montana, 2004. Doctoral Dissertation: A Participatory Methodology for Arts-Based Research.
PROMINENT ACADEMIC WRITING:
Acting Successfully – using performance skills in everyday life. San Diego: Cognella Press. 2014
“Laban Movement Analysis: a tool for the actor” In Scene Magazine, European Press. 2011
“Reincarnations of Flash Theatre” In Scene Magazine, European Press. 2010
“Contemporary Acting in India: Authentic Exaggeration and Realism Unite.” In Triquarterly, Northwestern University Press. 2008
“Collaborating Across Disciplines and Countries.” In Academic Exchange Quarterly. 2008
“Lessons from the Stage - Theatre for Social Justice.” In Northwest Theatre Review. 2007
“A Participatory Methodology for Theatre Based Research.” In UMI ProQuest Company. 2005
“Theatrical Pedagogy, Interactive Service.” In Academic Exchange Quarterly. 2005
“Popular Education, Popular Theatre, and Participatory Research.” In The Handbook of Social Work with Groups. Guilford Publications, Inc. 2004.
“Teatro do Graduada.” In The International Educator. 1998
School of Theatre and Dance
Area of Expertise
Acting; Applied Theatre; Documentary Theatre; Methods of Teaching Theatre; Physical Performance; Teacher as Actor; Theatre of the Oppressed; Theatre as Rehabilitation Tool
University of Montana 1999-2007 and 2011-present
Professor of Theatre -Head of BA, BA Drama Ed, BFA, MA, and MFA Performance
University of Mumbai, Academy of Theatre Arts, INDIA 2007-2011
Visiting Professor for Academy’s graduate program in theatre.
Directed original theatrical pieces for public performances.
Whistling Woods International Film and Media Institute, INDIA 2007-2011
Professor of Acting
Lulea University (Universitet Tekniska Lulea), SWEDEN 2005-present
Drama Specialist, The Beekman School. New York, NY. 1998-1999
Developed and directed a new drama program.
Theatre Teacher, Associacao Escola Graduada. Sao Paulo, BRAZIL 1995-1998
Head of Performance
EFL Professor, American University in Cairo. Cairo, EGYPT. 1993-1994
ESL Instructor for political refugees
International Schools Theatre Association International Baccalaureate workshops 2014
Dominion Theatre, London, UK
Multi-modalities in Doctoral Research 2013
Universitet Teknikinska, Lulea Sweden
Physical Theatre in the East and West 2012
The International School Bangalore, India
East Meets West: Merging Physical Theatre Techniques for Actor Training 2012
Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Washington, D.C.
Devising a Text Using Physical Theatre Techniques 2012
Dulwitch College, Beijing, China
Kathakali and Realism 2011
United World College, Hong Kong
IB Theatre Practices 2011
Munich International School, Germany
TedX Mumbai, India
Physical Theatre Styles: Noh, Kabuki, Commedia and Indian Hastra Mudras 2010
Drill Hall, London, England
Movement Therapy 2010
Mask Work in the Character Process 2010
IMJ, Mumbai, India
Devising Original Performances from Personal Narratives 2009
Folkshogskolen College, Pitea, Sweden
Why a Career in the Theatre is Possible 2009
Ravindra Natya Mandir, Bombay, India
East Meets West – Gesture meets Realism 2008
International Schools Theatre Association, Singapore
Participatory Research 2008
Lulea Teknika Universitet, Lulea, Sweden
Developing a Theatre Curriculum 2007
International Schools Theatre Association, Taipei, Taiwan
Acting and Other Artistic Disciplines 2007
Framnas Folkshogskola, Pitea, Sweden
Acting and Theatre Studies in America 2006
Lulea Teknika Universitet, Lulea, Sweden
The Theatre of Physical Rehabilitation 2006
Folkshogskolen College/Head Trauma Staff, Lulea, Sweden
South American Forensics Festival. Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1999
Directing Plays in English:
Brazilian International Arts Conference. Rio de Janerio, Brazil. 1998
Devising an Original Performance:
Eastern Mediterranean Activities Conference. Cairo, Egypt. 1995
International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA): http://www.ista.co.uk/
UM's B.S. Neuroscience degree program