Jillian Courtney

Jillian Courtney | Head of Voice and Speech

Jillian Courtney became head of Voice and Speech at LIU in 2022 and teaches voice and speech and acting to Musical Theater and Acting students. She is a theater actor, devised theater maker, writer, voiceover actor, and voice explorer/teacher.

Courtney is the creator and a founding member of Tacklebox Immersive Theatre Spectacular, a diverse, interdisciplinary collective of multifaceted artists that exists to foster brilliance and uplift the voices and stories of marginalized people through immersive and devised theater, performance art, and visual arts. She is also a member of the Demidov Ensemble, transcontinental and international artists who come together to make art, hold space, and practice the acting technique developed by Nikolai Demidov.

Courtney is in the process of attaining certification in Roy Hart voicework from the Roy Hart Centre Artistique in France. She is also trained in Rodenberg, Fitzmaurice, and Linklater voicework as well as Knight Thompson Speechwork. She holds an M.F.A. in acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, a B.F.A. in theatre arts from Boston University, and has received training in intimacy choreography from Theatrical Intimacy Education and social justice training from Justice Movement.

She is based in both New York City and offers virtual and in-person private coaching.