This is Jillian Walker: Playwright. Dramaturg. Leader.
Jillian is an award-winning playwright and cultural leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her play, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in 2017 ANT Fest (aka All New Talent Festival) at Ars Nova. Her first play SARAH’S SALT. is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series at Roundabout Theatre Company, and was recently chosen from over 1,000 submissions for the Relentless Award’s Honorable Mention list.
Offstage, Jillian has worked with organizations such as the Brooklyn artspace JACK helping to facilitate their year-long series ‘Reparations365,’ the New England Literature Program, where she taught transcendental literature, poetry and Shakespeare, and the Columbia School of the Arts, where she created and facilitated self-care workshops for fellow graduate students and earned her MFA in Dramaturgy.
Jillian is the recipient of the 2017-18 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency to develop her new play, Tignon, at The University of Michigan and is Associate Curator of the 2017-2018 Starr Reading Series at the Bushwick Starr.
In addition to developing Tignon this year, Jillian is also Dramaturge on the new play, Thoughts of a Colored Man… directed by Taye Diggs.