Already an accomplished choreographer at the age of twenty-three, Jillian Petrie has choreographed over twenty-five full length musicals and countless dance productions professionally. In the past year she has broadened her impressive body of work, showing her versatility as an artist with her recent completion of the musical SEUSSICAL.
In Tony winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens’s SEUSSICAL, Jillian was co-director and choreographer for The Growing Stage Theatre's Spring 2012 production. The musical opened to critical acclaim, and theater critic Peter Filichia called it "Better than Broadway."
Jillian Petrie Dance Group currently performs throughout New York City. Premiering in Alvin Ailey Studios, they have since performed at Queen's Museum, The Stonewall Inn, Joyce SoHo Studios, Ailey Citigroup Theater, and more. Jillian has also been on the panel for the WOMAN IN DANCE productions at the Ailey Citigroup Theater for the past three years since her choreography was showcased there in the LCA 2010 Ten Emerging Female Choreographers performance.
Jillian is best known for her most requested dance piece, "You're Invited...." She first choreographed the work in 2009. It has since been performed using different professional casts throughout NYC and the tri-state area. "You're Invited..." was inspired by author Lewis Carroll's novel Alice in Wonderland. Jillian explored the sinister and dream-like place they call Wonderland using her modern rooted movement. A game of chess, lingering feelings from uncomfortable dreams, and Ancient Greek movement qualities are all observed throughout the performance. How curious.
She is currently choreographing the world premiere play; AND THEN CAME TANGO. This play, written by Emily Freeman, features original Music by Paul Marbach. Based on the remarkable true story of Roy and Silo, the two male penguins who formed a controversial bond in the Central Park Zoo and successfully hatched a baby fledgling. Under the direction of Stephen Fredericks, this production tells a moving story of love through spoken word and modern dance. This play is full of emotional and technically challenging dance numbers executed beautifully by a cast of Equity actors and professional dancers.
Ms. Petrie has most recently trained under an elite group of artists. Training highlights include the Laban Conservatoire in London, famed choreographer Mark Morris the artistic director of Mark Morris Dance Group, Martha Graham Dance Company soloist David Zurak, Iceland Dance Company director Gianluca Vincentini, and Keigwin + Company's artistic director Larry Keigwin.
In addition to her dance career, Jillian is a working EMC actress and singer.