Jillian Walker

is creating theatrical worlds to shift the one we've got.

24

patrons

$154

per month
ABOUT ME

Hi! I'm Jillian Walker and I'm a multi-faceted theater artist and thinker.

I am the author of the award-winning play Sarah’s Salt., the sacred concert-play SKiNFOLK: An American Show, and the lecture-performance/ancestral ritual for Sally Hemings, Songs of Speculation.

In my line of work, what the audience has to say matters. I want to share a few things folks have said about my performances:

“I've never had the pleasure of being in an audience where so many people felt seen. Every snap, every ‘Yes!’ every ‘Mmm!' every exhalation showed me that you were giving your audience a real gift, and -maybe- sending them out into the world emboldened to share their own gifts.”
-M. Barbot

“I am moved and challenged and impressed by your work, Jillian. I am so glad I made it out there tonight. It is rigorous and theatrical and political and gave me much to chew on.”
-C. Parker

“I had the great honor of seeing/experiencing SKiNFoLk. Here it is, almost 2 weeks later, and I am still singing to myself, still replaying your insightful phrases, still feeling your art linger. Thank you for giving me one of my most favorite and most rare theatre gifts: something I have never seen or felt before. Something entirely new, yet familiar and beautiful. Please know your work resonated with me and challenged me in some of the best ways possible. The way you spoke of your family, your roots, your blackness – it was both vulnerable and powerful. Thank you for all the work you undoubtedly put into this piece. I can’t wait to see how your work changes the world.”
-B. Ackner

“[When] we become more developed, then our art becomes more developed, which causes us to develop as we experience it...and so on in a continuous loop of spiraling evolution and actualization. I felt kinship with the ideas you brought up in [Songs of Speculation] about history, freedom, representation, women's bodies, etc. And that discourse we have with your piece...we evolve while experiencing it. Wonderful work. Can't wait for the next one!”
-I. Lopez

I am constantly thinking about how to affect change with an audience. I am constantly thinking about working toward collective liberation: inspiring, challenging, and making people feel something that leaves them with a desire for action. These audience members give a taste of what we can do together when we show up for the work. Now, it's time to DO MORE.

WHAT IS PATREON?

Here is a really great video that explains exactly what this platform is and why it exists. It's less than two minutes long. The perfect inspirational length for busy people :0)

WHY DO YOU HAVE A PATREON?

I started this Patreon because I want my work to reach as many people as possible. I’ve decided to GO BIG for that goal. Over the next few years, here are some of the things I’m planning:

  • Two World Premieres of adventurous, exciting new shows.

  • An album recording after my first World Premiere! 

  • To write a brand-new work during an intensive artist residency at one of the hottest theaters in NYC.

Theater is an ancient, rigorous, and expensive art-form. In order for me to succeed in reaching my goals, I will need community.

That’s where you come in.

In order for me to fully take advantage of the resources I have in hand to premiere my work, create new stuff, record an album, and more, I need access to funds to support me, the woman who has done the work and, additionally, had the love and luck, to conjure the resources in the first place.

Here on Patreon, my members create a web of well-being through monthly contributions so that I can cover expenses like rent, food, body care, research + thinking time, and grant + fellowship application fees (yes, we creators often pay to apply for things!).

In addition to meeting my own needs and feeling the joy of thriving that comes from that, I would love for this Patreon to be a beacon of hope to other theatermakers; sending a clear message that people care about the work we do and believe that we deserve to get paid for it.

Theater is a community-based art. It often brings together large teams of designers, writers/lyricists/composers, stage managers and crew, producers, dramaturgs, directors, actors, and audiences with the goal to share a common story. This Patreon ensures I have more to give to an innumerable set of human beings as I create bigger, wilder, more riveting collaborations. I really believe these acts ripple to a global scale.

In other words, becoming my patron changes the world!

HOW DO I BECOME A PATRON?

It is super easy (and affordable) to support me here. For as little as $1 a month, you can help to financially support me as a theater-maker and genre-pushing artist. When you choose to pledge as a patron of my work, you are making a monthly contribution to my creative process and all that comes with it.

Here are some things your contribution helps me do:

  • Write the plays, lyrics, and scores that ignite necessary conversations about race, gender and sexuality, and history in our culture.

  • Add unique work to the theater landscape that opens up the doors for different kinds of audiences and makers to feel welcome. This is a great and important way to fight white supremacy through the arts.

  • Provide hope to other theater artists that people care about our work and want to see us thrive.

All membership tiers have the same rewards, so choose the financial membership level that works best for you.

I'D LOVE TO MAKE A ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION. CAN I DO THAT?

Yes
All contributions are deeply and highly appreciated. Thank you for supporting my work!


Tiers
Thank you for your work!
$1 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
Your process is so inspiring.
$5 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:

  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
I see you (and your labor).
$20 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
May the Ancestors Bless you.
$75 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
Let’s shift together.
$100 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
Goals
24 of 50 patrons
My first goal is to reach 50 patrons. That's the number of people it takes to fill half of my fave off-broadway theater, which, if all goes well, is where my work will be soon. Help me get there! ;0)
1 of 1
ABOUT ME

Hi! I'm Jillian Walker and I'm a multi-faceted theater artist and thinker.

I am the author of the award-winning play Sarah’s Salt., the sacred concert-play SKiNFOLK: An American Show, and the lecture-performance/ancestral ritual for Sally Hemings, Songs of Speculation.

In my line of work, what the audience has to say matters. I want to share a few things folks have said about my performances:

“I've never had the pleasure of being in an audience where so many people felt seen. Every snap, every ‘Yes!’ every ‘Mmm!' every exhalation showed me that you were giving your audience a real gift, and -maybe- sending them out into the world emboldened to share their own gifts.”
-M. Barbot

“I am moved and challenged and impressed by your work, Jillian. I am so glad I made it out there tonight. It is rigorous and theatrical and political and gave me much to chew on.”
-C. Parker

“I had the great honor of seeing/experiencing SKiNFoLk. Here it is, almost 2 weeks later, and I am still singing to myself, still replaying your insightful phrases, still feeling your art linger. Thank you for giving me one of my most favorite and most rare theatre gifts: something I have never seen or felt before. Something entirely new, yet familiar and beautiful. Please know your work resonated with me and challenged me in some of the best ways possible. The way you spoke of your family, your roots, your blackness – it was both vulnerable and powerful. Thank you for all the work you undoubtedly put into this piece. I can’t wait to see how your work changes the world.”
-B. Ackner

“[When] we become more developed, then our art becomes more developed, which causes us to develop as we experience it...and so on in a continuous loop of spiraling evolution and actualization. I felt kinship with the ideas you brought up in [Songs of Speculation] about history, freedom, representation, women's bodies, etc. And that discourse we have with your piece...we evolve while experiencing it. Wonderful work. Can't wait for the next one!”
-I. Lopez

I am constantly thinking about how to affect change with an audience. I am constantly thinking about working toward collective liberation: inspiring, challenging, and making people feel something that leaves them with a desire for action. These audience members give a taste of what we can do together when we show up for the work. Now, it's time to DO MORE.

WHAT IS PATREON?

Here is a really great video that explains exactly what this platform is and why it exists. It's less than two minutes long. The perfect inspirational length for busy people :0)

WHY DO YOU HAVE A PATREON?

I started this Patreon because I want my work to reach as many people as possible. I’ve decided to GO BIG for that goal. Over the next few years, here are some of the things I’m planning:

  • Two World Premieres of adventurous, exciting new shows.

  • An album recording after my first World Premiere! 

  • To write a brand-new work during an intensive artist residency at one of the hottest theaters in NYC.

Theater is an ancient, rigorous, and expensive art-form. In order for me to succeed in reaching my goals, I will need community.

That’s where you come in.

In order for me to fully take advantage of the resources I have in hand to premiere my work, create new stuff, record an album, and more, I need access to funds to support me, the woman who has done the work and, additionally, had the love and luck, to conjure the resources in the first place.

Here on Patreon, my members create a web of well-being through monthly contributions so that I can cover expenses like rent, food, body care, research + thinking time, and grant + fellowship application fees (yes, we creators often pay to apply for things!).

In addition to meeting my own needs and feeling the joy of thriving that comes from that, I would love for this Patreon to be a beacon of hope to other theatermakers; sending a clear message that people care about the work we do and believe that we deserve to get paid for it.

Theater is a community-based art. It often brings together large teams of designers, writers/lyricists/composers, stage managers and crew, producers, dramaturgs, directors, actors, and audiences with the goal to share a common story. This Patreon ensures I have more to give to an innumerable set of human beings as I create bigger, wilder, more riveting collaborations. I really believe these acts ripple to a global scale.

In other words, becoming my patron changes the world!

HOW DO I BECOME A PATRON?

It is super easy (and affordable) to support me here. For as little as $1 a month, you can help to financially support me as a theater-maker and genre-pushing artist. When you choose to pledge as a patron of my work, you are making a monthly contribution to my creative process and all that comes with it.

Here are some things your contribution helps me do:

  • Write the plays, lyrics, and scores that ignite necessary conversations about race, gender and sexuality, and history in our culture.

  • Add unique work to the theater landscape that opens up the doors for different kinds of audiences and makers to feel welcome. This is a great and important way to fight white supremacy through the arts.

  • Provide hope to other theater artists that people care about our work and want to see us thrive.

All membership tiers have the same rewards, so choose the financial membership level that works best for you.

I'D LOVE TO MAKE A ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION. CAN I DO THAT?

Yes
All contributions are deeply and highly appreciated. Thank you for supporting my work!


Recent posts by Jillian Walker

Tiers
Thank you for your work!
$1 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
Your process is so inspiring.
$5 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:

  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
I see you (and your labor).
$20 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
May the Ancestors Bless you.
$75 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!
Let’s shift together.
$100 or more per month

+*~*+*This is a theatre with no "bad seats." Each membership tier currently receives the same rewards. Choose the membership level that feels right for you, and thank you for supporting the labor and love I put out into the world.+*~*+*


You'll get:


  • Deep gratitude. Every dollar helps me thrive while I work hard at what I love, so thank you for your support <3


  • An invitation inside of my creative flow via patron-only Virtual Forums + Q&As! When it's time to flow with it, I will be announcing our forum date here, inviting you to join me for a live video Q&A where you can ask anything about the process of making work, living life, and hear about the magic of what I’m up to (and how I'm up to it ;0)). If it’s more your style/you’re busy living, you’re invited to leave a Q for me to ponder here in our members-only community.


  • Exclusive Q&A recordings to listen to whenever you need some inspiration. I’ll post them here in our community once they’re ready to go!