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"As the crown jewel of the piece, Jillian Michelle Smith as Ariel was equal parts ingénue and ingenious playing the plucky, curious, and steadfast lead. Her strong voice, contrasted with the delicacy of her decision to make a fateful trade with Ursula, was masterful and hinged the drama of the production."

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About Jillian

Jillian Michelle Smith is an actor currently based in the NYC metro area. 

 

Jillian spent her childhood studying musical theatre in Manhattan and on Long Island. In 2019, she graduated with honors from Interlochen Arts Academy's high school theatre performance program. Jillian shortly thereafter relocated to Tucson, AZ to earn her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of Arizona, under the tutelage of Danny Gurwin and Hank Stratton. Jillian is now continuing towards her B.F.A. at Marymount Manhattan College, upon returning permanently to NYC at the beginning of the global pandemic.

 

Notably, Jillian was seen onstage with The Broadway Princess Party, alongside Broadway artists Susan Egan, Christy Altomare, Courtney Reed, Adam J. Levy, and UA Professor Danny Gurwin, under the music direction of Benjamin Rauhala. Other select credits include The Little Mermaid (Ariel), Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella (Ella), The Sound of Music (Liesl), I Never Saw Another Butterfly (Raja) and The Children's Hour (Rosalie).

 

Outside of theatre, Jillian is super passionate about dogs, Disney, graphic design, peanut butter, and running her small business, Princess Playdates!

 
 

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