Stage Director & Theater Professor
Jill Coon has over 25 years of professional experience in the field of arts education. She has taught theater for the BHSA Drama Department since 2010 directing shows such as: Love/Sick, She Kills Monsters, Is He Dead?, Once on this Island, Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, The Wiz, Alice in Wonderland, The Comedy Of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Crucible, The Colored Museum, and two original pieces. One original piece was based on For Colored Girls Who've Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf while the other was a docudrama written under the guidance of The Civilians and Michael Friedman about the 1960s and titled Faces Glued To A Cool Time.
Her acting credits include performances at the Russian Arts Center in Moscow in her thesis role of Catherine in A View from the Bridge, Jean Louise Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, Olivia in Twelfth Night and appearances and voice over work on As the World Turns.
Prior to her career as a NYCDOE teacher, Jill worked as an arts administrator, grant writer and teaching artist with multiple organizations: ENACT, Children’s Dance Foundation, Town and Gown Theater Academy. Jill also served as Interim Associate Vice President of Operations at the United Way of New York City.
Born and raised in Hunstville, Alabama, Jill studied with New York Acting Teacher, Wynn Handman and graduated with a BA degree in English and in Theatre from Birmingham-Southern College. She also holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Florida. She is dual NYCDOE licensed to teach English grades 7-12 and Theater k-12. Jill is a member of the United Federation of Teachers, Actor’s Equity and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.