Jill Courtney

BA (Butler)

Professor Emeritus

Jill Courtney began her professional career as a classical dancer with companies in Chicago, New York and Washington D.C. and in Montreal with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She then made the transition to movement, mime and non-verbal communications in theatre as a teacher and coach for actors.

A graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s postgraduate program, Professor Courtney is a certified practitioner of Zero Balancing – the aligning of body energy with body structure. Her research focuses on the therapeutic benefits of energy flow and energy balancing in the body, the uses of the universal mask, Gestalt Therapy, and their applications in the arts and how the performer can connect and utilize these processes in character development for performance.