Jillian Keys

Maker and Costume Designer

Jillian Keys

Philadelphia, PA

Jillian has Baltimore blood but has set up life, home, and heart in Philadelphia! On top of being a one-woman-costume-shop freelancing machine, she works at Upper Darby Summer Stage between theater seasons, and manages the Drexel University Costume Shop during the school year.

She has a wide variety of experience (from big period pieces, to small high concept shows), but her favorite projects involve bold color, humor in design, and wild crafts... Which usually end up being devised pieces or childrens' theater.

Quick Stats:
-3 Barrymore Nominations for Excellence in Costume Design 2016, 2017, and 2019 for the Arden Theater's "Stinky Cheese Man", "The Light Princess", and “Treasure Island”
-Over 50 theater and dance shows designed between 2011-2020.
-BFA in Theater Design and Tech from the University of the Arts.
-Additional training at London College of Fashion, The Walnut St. Theatre Costume Apprenticeship, and interning at The Puppet Kitchen in NYC
-Loves sharks, her corgi-chihuahua Luna, photography, and travel.


Nomination for Best Costume Design: Stinky Cheese Man, The Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater
Nomination for Best Costume Design: The Light Princess, Barrymore Awards For Excellence in Theater
Nomination for Best Costume Design: Treasure Island, Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater