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Jill Bolstridge

  • Performing Arts Faculty, Middle School
  • 718-836-9800 x6300
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  • Roger Williams University (BA), Long Island University at C.W. Post (MA)

Jill Bolstridge began performing when she was six years old “as a dance studio kid.” By sixth grade, she was performing in dinner theater in her hometown. Since 2009, Jill has taught Grades 5-8 drama class and directed Middle School plays and musicals at Poly. Jill has also directed hundreds of shows all over the United States and acted in local theater. The highlight of her Poly career has been “seeing the kids on stage and hearing the audience react… watching the kids’ confidence flourish when they hear the audience laugh or applaud and seeing them grow more and more as performers and as human beings.” She has two goals for her students: “For kids whose passion is acting, helping those kids to launch their careers. But theater education isn’t just for actors; theater education is essential education for every student. The skills they learn in drama class—creative problem-solving, risk-taking, and collaboration—are transferable lifelong skills. When they master those skills, my job is done.”

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