Jill Carlson

Associate Professor, Society of American Fight Directors Certified Teacher

East Carolina University

1717 Sassafras Ct.
Greenville, NC 27858
United States


Jill Matarelli Carlson is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University where she teaches Movement, Stage Combat, and Acting. Jill is a Certified Teacher and Advanced/Actor Combatant with The Society of American Fight Directors, recognized in: Unarmed, Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, Quarterstaff, Single Sword, Smallsword, Sword & Shield, and Knife. She is also a Full Instructor with Dueling Arts International. She has worked as an Entertainment Cast Member for Walt Disney World and co-founded The Odyssey Express Touring Theatre Company, whose goal was to bring quality theatre experiences to children in the Chicago-land area. Jill has worked professionally all over the United States as both an actor and fight choreographer. Most recently she staged the violence for the world premiers of Chalk in Chicago and The Gray Ghost in Virginia. Jill received an MFA in Acting with a Movement Concentration from Western Illinois University. Favorite roles include: Mama Morton in Chicago; Antigone in Antigone; Mrs. Walker in Tommy; Amy in Company; Lindsay in Some Girl(s); Tigerlily in Peter Pan; The Herald in Marat/Sade; Jill in A Tribute to Shel; Cinderella in Cindy’s Fella; Jan in The Jackie Sexknife Show; and Katya in Wenceslas Square. Jill lives in Greenville, NC with her husband, John.

Movement Specialties:


Commedia dell'Arte

Improvisation/Theatre Games




Movement for Singers

Movement for the Actor

Musical Theatre

Period Styles: Acting

Physical Characterization


Stage Combat

Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation


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