Jill Pangallo is an actor, theater maker and producer living and working in New York City. Her multidisciplinary body of work includes solo performance, performance art, alternative cabaret, movement, film, and digital content. Pangallo’s darkly comedic work often deals with themes of identity and mass culture.
Current projects include Jane Johnson for the Stay at Home Shopper, a live theater and accompanying social media project in collaboration with comedian Shane O’Neill. She plays Joyce Nawman (alongside renowned performer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond as Sandie Stone) for the London-based fashion house JW Anderson. She is currently working on a new performative comedy set that will be performed in Spring 2020. Recently, she launched the Solo Project Fund, a grant program designed to support comedic artists in creating work for longer-format theatrical contexts.
Her theater credits include solo shows Mediocre & Loving It (Joe’s Pub, NYC), America’s Single Threat (The Wild Project, NYC), Hope is Expensive (SFX Festival, NYC), Unfollow (Afterglow Festival, Provincetown), Happy Go Sad (DiverseWorks, Houston) Nothing to Display (Dixon Place, NYC) and Let Me Entertain You (Texas Biennial, Austin). She played Dot in Angela DiCarlo’s long-running parody The Mad World of Miss Hathaway from 2010 - 2016 (Wild Project, NYC) and was one half of the Jason & Jill: Craft for Your Life! show with Jason Black (Dixon Place, NYC). As one-half of the comedic cabaret duo, the HoHos (with Cathy Cervenka), she has performed at the long-running tribute show Losers Lounge and legendary festival Night of A Thousand Stevies since 1998.
She made her film debut in Hilary Weisman Graham’s feature, I Love My Movie (1999). Over the years, she has produced a wide variety of her own character-based performance videos for stage and screen. She wrote, directed, and produced Your Main Thing (2015), a web series starring comedians including John Early, Aparna Nancherla, and Erin Markey. Other video projects include music videos, projections for stage productions, and dance for camera with SKOTE, a movement and performance art duo which she co-directs with Alex P. White.
She was invited to create original works for the publications Transgressor, Art Papers, The Destroyer, and Artlies. In 2009 Monofonus Press released both The Collections, her video project with artist Max Juren and the book Let Me Entertain You, which accompanied her show of the same name. Her solo and collaborative art work has been exhibited internationally at, on, and in a multitude of galleries, venues, screens and clubs including Pioneer Works, Judson Memorial Church, The Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs), Diverse Works (Houston), Bronx River Arts Center, Galerie Zürcher, CCA (Tel Aviv) and the MIX Film Festival.
As a producer, Pangallo has created and managed productions, events, fundraisers, projects and celebrations for a wide-variety of high-profile private and public clients including the Anthony Quinn Foundation, The Australian Consulate-General, Citibank, C.O. Bigelow Apothecary, David Lynch Foundation, Dom Perignon/LVMH, Global Poverty Project, Kelly Behun Studio, Lower Eastside Girls Club, Mercedes-Benz, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Siddhartha Children's School, University of Texas at Austin, United Nations International High School, and more.
She has curated a variety of ensemble performance events including The Way We Were (Joe’s Pub, NYC) and also assists other performers in developing their own solo works including Becca Blackwell’s They, Themselves, and Schmerm (Artists Rep, Portland) and Heather Litteer’s Lemonade (La Mama, Edinburgh Fringe).
Her education includes and MFA from the University of Texas at Austin (Transmedia), a BFA from Parsons School of Design (Communication Design), and a BA from Eugene Lang College (Psychology). She attended residencies at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Pioneer Works, and MASS Gallery. She has trained at Atlantic Acting School, General Assembly, and UCB. She has been awarded grants from the University of Texas, The Idea Fund, City of Austin’s Art in Public Places and Foundation for Contemporary Arts.