March 11, 2023    
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A workshop production of a one-woman musical, where the audience is invited into the creation process of the piece.
Sat, Mar 11, 2:00 PM
Balance Arts Center • New York, NY
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Sat, Mar 11, 7:00 PM
Balance Arts Center • New York, NY
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Welcome to the world of The Haunted Trumpet! This is a place where you can be yourself and face what haunts you. The show consists of Jill Usdan’s original songs, stories, poems and tap dancing, and in the end it is a story of hope and resilience. The piece runs 45 minutes long, with a 15 minute talk back after the performance. The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from the audience about what resonates, and to further the development of the piece. In this way, the audience is part of the creative process!
Jill Usdan was born and raised in New York City where she began acting professionally at the age of five. After graduating from Barnard College of Columbia University as a theatre major and recipient of the Kenneth Janes Theatre Prize, Jill pursued her passion for acting in her hometown, which led her to the Alexander Technique. She immediately fell in love with the technique for the freedom of movement it gave her both on and off stage. It totally changed how she related to herself and to the outside world. The Alexander Technique opened the door for her to find joy and wonder in living in the unknown. Jill began studying the Alexander Technique in 2009 and received her 1,600 hour AmSat certification with Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center in February of 2019. As a member of the faculty at The Balance Arts Center, Jill teaches classes, workshops and private lessons.
As an actress and puppeteer, Jill performed at Dixon Place, at The Access Theater with Polybe & Seats, and at the Barrow Group with Marvel Repertory Theater, among other theater companies in New York City.
Jill’s EP “Numbers” can be found on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.com. The first and last songs are jazz standards and the four in between are originals. The album art is part of a series of “number drawings” Jill drew, which were exhibited at the Jill Newhouse Gallery as well as a part of The Wilhelmina Project on the lower east side of New York City.
Jill has also freelanced as a photographer, specializing in Off-Broadway production and publicity photos that have been published in The New York Times, on Playbill.com, VillageVoice.com, and other publications.