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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 and singer currently based in New York City. 


Jillian grew up 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 began her B.F.A. Musical Theatre training at The University of Arizona, under the tutelage of Danny Gurwin and Hank Stratton. Post-pandemic, Jillian relocated back home to NYC to complete her B.F.A. at Marymount Manhattan College. Now in her junior year at Marymount, Jillian currently studies under some of the brightest and most knowledgable people in the biz--including legendary voice teacher, Joyce Hall.


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 regional and conservatory 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 her performance career, Jillian is super passionate about activism, advocacy, dogs, Disney, and reading (esp. fiction, sci-fi and fantasy novels). She is also skilled in graphic design and working with children and runs two small businesses: Princess Playdates and Designs by Jillian! Jillian aims to bring love, light and kindness into every room she enters. 


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