Pittsburgh Artist Registry

Jil Stifel

Jil Stifel

Artistic Category Artist

Blaine Siegel, Ben Sota, David Bernabo, Maree Remalia, Alisha Wormsley, Jennifer Nagle Meyers

Career Level Emerging
Experienced With Collaboration, Commissions, Leading workshops, Performances, Teaching engagements

I am a choreographer, interdisciplinary collaborator, and performer. My performances blend movement with art forms including sound, sculpture, installation, video, and theater to explore what it means to be human, the quirky weirdness of the experience, and the soft sweetness of it. I derive movement from physical experiences that reside in the memory of my cells. I use movement as a tool to excavate emotions and thoughts that transcend the boundaries of the spoken and written word. When I create, I listen to my body and mind, respond to the unexpected, cultivate serendipity, and strip away the extraneous. 

Jil Stifel is an independent choreographer, multidisciplinary collaborator, and performer who works in movement and dance. In 2015 she premiered a new work, WaywardLand, in collaboration with ben Sota, as par tot the New Hazlett Theater’s CSA Performance Series. This work fused modern dance, physical theater and contemporary circus. WaywarLand was named one of the ten best contemporary dance performances of 2015 by Adrienne Totino in the Pittsburgh Dance Examiner.


Her choreography and multi-media projects have been presented in the United States and Japan. Her work has been supported by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Heinz Foundation and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Her work has been commissioned by the University of Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble.


Her Recent performance credits include Multiple Bodies with Maree Remalia | merrygogo, Dave Bernabo's MODULES, Jennifer Nagle Meyers, Translations as well as performances with Staycee Pearl Dance Project and dance for camera projects with Jennifer Keller. Jil has performed extensively both nationally and internationally with Pittsburgh’s Attack Theatre and Philadelphia’s Miller Rothlein Dance Theatre( formerly Miro.) She was honored to dance with Kyle Abraham performing his early works in Pittsburgh.  She is also a former company member of Labco dance, Danz Theatre Andre Koslowski( formerly PDT) and Gia T presents.


Jil currently teaches dance at the University of Pittsburgh. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Highest Honors in Dance from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts.


Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101

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  • Improvisation
  • Dance