Jillian was born in New Hampshire and grew up in Pennsylvania.

She has a BA in Theatre from the University of Pittsburgh.

While living in Pittsburgh, Jillian starred in the hit web series

The Baristas, as well as performed in the regional immersive

experience STRATA (Best Play of the Year / featured in American

Theatre Magazine).

Since moving to NYC, Jillian's studied comedy at UCB, The

Annoyance, Reckless, and Magnet, where she spent a year on the

musical improv house team Pipe Dreams on Musical Megawatt. 

She also co-created the musical improv show True Crime the

Musical with her improv/sketch duo Beautiful Dreamers. You can 

catch Jillian in the improvised web series Citizens of New York,

playing various characters. She currently performs as an 

improviser in the Off-Broadway comedy show On the Spot at

Broadway Comedy Club. *currently on Zoom

Jillian can be seen in film & TV on Amazon, Netflix, Investigation Discovery, and TLC, among others. Her work in film has earned her Best Actress nominations. She's also performed theatre/musical theatre on many stages, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Royal Family Theatre, and 13th Street Repertory, being lucky enough to play classic characters as well as originate roles in new works along the way.

Jillian's been writing music for as long as she can remember. One day, she picked up a guitar and didn't look back. Throughout her angsty teen years and beyond, Jillian's written dozens of songs as a way to interpret her life. She's performed these songs at various events, until she decided to weave them all into a musical. In 2019, Jillian took her solo show Synesthesia the Musical, inspired by the music of her own life, to Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Named a Stand-Out Show) and New York Theatre Festival. She's currently expanding the story to fit in even more of her music by adapting the show into a feature film. 

During the 2020 pandemic, Jillian hasn't slowed down much. Two of her "quaran-films" 14 Days and Twinstrumental have been making festival rounds, accruing nominations such as Best Actress, Best Quarantine Film, and Audience Choice Award. She was also chosen as a featured filmmaker of Cabin Fever Film Festival. 

You can hear Jillian's most recent interview about her career on AFC Podcast here. 

©2020 Jillian Vitko​