Janet P. Marini

Adjunct Professor, Theater Arts

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About Me

Janet Pilla, a native of the Philadelphia area, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater from Syracuse University and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Temple University. She toured nationally and internationally as a soloist of Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit (a company dedicated to the preservation of the Jose Limón Style) for 12 years. She was a member of Jeanne Ruddy Dance for 12 years, and an associate artistic director during her last year with the company.  While a company member of Jeanne Ruddy Dance, in addition to dancing Jeanne’s choreography in ensemble and solo work Janet worked with Robert Battle, Martha Clark, Jane Comfort, Anne Reinking and Suzanna Linke.  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 companies, including Melanie Stewart Dance Theater, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, The Arden Theater, Group Motion, Danceteller, SCRAP Performance Group and Trapezius Aerial Dance. She has performed numerous reconstructions of the work of José Limón, Doris Humphrey, Anna Sokolow and Mary Anthony and has taught Limón technique and repertory at colleges, universities and companies in the US and abroad for the Limón Institute.  Most recently she taught Limón technique in New York City at Peridance and Limón repertory at the Juilliard School.  Janet has been adjunct faculty at Temple University, Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College and the University of the Arts.  She has taught dance to students of all ages in the Philadelphia area in public and private schools and studios.   She is the recipient of a 2009 Dance Advance grant for the research, reconstruction and performance of The Farewell.  Over the past twenty-five years, in addition to her work in modern dance Janet has been studying, recreating and choreographing court and country dances from the early renaissance period through the 18th century for students and professional actors of all ages for a variety of musical and theatrical productions.

Huntingdon Valley, PA

Home Country

Education History

Syracuse University 1982

BFA, Major in Musical Theater

Temple University 1991

MFA, Major in Dance Performance