Adjunct Professor of Theater Arts
Janet Pilla received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Temple University. She has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist of Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit for 12 years. She has been featured in performances in Czechoslovakia as a soloist and in England, Scotland and Taiwan as a company member of Terry Beck Troupe and Ed Groff/Jin Wen Yu Dancers. She has performed with numerous Philadelphia choreographers and dance companies, including Group Motion, dance Teller, SCRAP Performance Group and Opus I.
Pilla was involved in the reconstruction, restaging and performance of Symphony for Strings, Mazurkas and Prima Very by Jose Limon, and Day on Earth by Doris Humphrey. She studied privately with Ernestine Stodelle on two early Doris Humphrey solos: Quasi Waltz and The Call/Breath of Fire which she has performed in Philadelphia and currently holds in her solo repertory. In the fall of 2000, she appeared in the role Bagheera in the Arden Theater Production of The Jungle Book.
Janet has been an adjunct faculty member at Temple University and Drexel University, and is currently on the adjunct faculty at Arcadia University, where she teaches, choreographs and directs productions. In addition to dancing with the Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Janet is a member of Trapezius Aerial Dance and Dance Fusion.