Life and Career
Jillian was born in Paterson, New Jersey, but grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Her feature-film credits include Contagion, Bad Teacher, A Mighty Heart, North Country, and Girl, Interrupted. On television, Jillian has made guest appearances on several shows including Shameless, Medium, Party Down, Castle, The Closer, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy, Las Vegas, ER, Six Feet Under, The West Wing, and Northern Exposure.
With Alice Dodd, her wife, Jillian co-produced, co-directed, and co-wrote Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog and In Flagrante Gothicto at the Circle X Theatre Company. Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog won the Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for Best New Musical and Best Musical Production.
In Flagrante Goticto was produced at The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle in their 2003 season.
Jillian directed the world premiere of Great Men of Science, Nos. 21 & 22. The show received a Theatre L.A. Ovation Award for Best Production in a 99 Seat Theatre, and The L.A. Weekly Award for Best Production. She also produced The Texarkansas Waltz at Circle X Theatre.
Regionally, she has acted at the Empty Space Theatre in the title role of The Salvation of Iggy Scrooge; at the Group Theatre in Marisol; at New City Theatre in Stript and 3 Americanisms.
She played Melony in the stage version of The Cider House Rules which was performed at The Atlantic Theater in New York City, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. For this role she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award, received a Garland Award and a Theatre World Award for Debut on the New York Stage. The show also received a Theatre L.A. Ovation for Best Production in a Larger Theatre.
In Seattle, she was a member of Annex Theatre for eight years, where she appeared in The Fatty Arbuckle Spookhouse Review, Bessemer's Spectacles, Tattoo Girl, and Hamlet: The Musical. At Annex, she directed Triplets in Uniform, Exquisite Torture, and Running from Boomerangs. She was the Associate Artistic Director for Alice B. Theatre where she produced Pretty, Witty and Gay and Memory Tricks by Marga Gomez at the Broadway Performance Hall.