Biography:

Dr. Jessica Hillman is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at the State University of New York at Fredonia. She teaches in the BFA and BA programs, including such diverse classes as Musical Theatre Styles, Musical Theatre History, Script Analysis, Acting, and Audition Techniques. An Actors’ Equity Association member, she has performed professionally on tour, in regional theatres across the country, and in new musicals in NYC. Her acting credits include Tess in the 2001 national tour of Crazy for You, and lead roles in shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Cinderella and The Last Five Years. She has directed and / or choreographed musicals and plays at SUNY Fredonia, University of Colorado, University of Denver, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Light Opera and the Fort Salem Theatre. For her production of Company she received a Meritorious Achievement Award in Direction from Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She received her BA degree in Theatre History from Cornell University and her MA and PhD from University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s and Devaney Fellowships. She has published in journals such as Theatre Topics, TDR: The Drama Review, and Studies in Musical Theatre. Her book, Echoes of the Holocaust on the American Musical Stage, was released in 2013 by McFarland Press.

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