A Geordie lass with a heart of gold and will of iron, Jill has never been afraid to roll her sleeves up and get into the grit of being an artist. From humble roots as a performer in TYA and cabarets across the UK, to international contracts across three continents, to founding her now-award-winning theatre company and becoming a leader in the arts scene of Vancouver; Jill has taken every challenge and created opportunity, and proven her breadth and versatility as an artist and entrepreneur.
As the current artistic director and lead writer for Direct Theatre Collective, Jill spends most of her time researching and developing new works that will provoke and inspire conversation. With eleven awards for the company since it was founded in 2018, their work and words have received critical acclaim and heartfelt audience feedback. Relentless in her passion to forge the best possible path in her one wild life, she continues to search for truth and love in all elements of her work.
Jill Raymond has an extensive performance background spanning three continents over nearly two decades, including Theatre, Musicals, Film, Voice Acting, and Presenting.
More details, awards and media, can be found here.
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / WRITER /
As the Current and Founding Artistic Director of Direct Theatre Collective, Jill is passionate about creating and producing performance works that spark conversation and can be a vehicle for social change. She has written and produced three shows for the company, HYSTERIA (in collaboration with the collective), ver·i·si·mil·i·tude, and Monster (co-written with Florence Reiher).
The company has eleven awards, including Artistic Innovation from The City of Richmond Arts Awards, 2020.
COMMUNICATIONS/ PUBLIC RELATIONS / DIGITAL PRESENCE AND CONTENT EXPERT
Jill has been working as a contractor with theatre companies and artists for a decade, assisting with their Online Content, Digital Presence and Communications as rayAction creative communications. She recently launched Artrepreneur, offering consulting and courses for artists and companies alike.
With training in both Business and Digital Marketing, and a proven track record in Media and Content Creation and Management, she is a dynamic online communications expert, and is passionate about helping other artists develop and improve their business skills and online savvy - bridging the vital gap between artist and entrepreneur.
Working with students of all ages, Jill teaches many elements of performance in a safe, welcoming, and nurturing environment where imagination and play come first.
More information can be found on the Ms Jill Teaches page here.
IN OTHER(S) WORDS
“Jill Raymond leaves me speechless...her creativity, ingenuity, and determination to extend herself through the Arts never ceases to amaze me.
A real go-getter and self-starter, her talent to create and grow knows no bounds! I can't wait to see where the future takes her, and hopefully us along for the ride!”
Jordan Thompson (Arts School Owner/Entrepreneur), on Jill Raymond