Writing Journey

Jill Dalton has been telling stories since she was a kid entertaining her friends. Many were tall tales created from her imagination.

In 1990 she found herself in the middle of a divorce, so she started doing stand-up comedy and won the Mary Jo Comedy Show Award for outstanding female comic, NYC in 1994.

This short form whetted her appetite, and she began writing short solo pieces and performing them around New York City, which led to writing and performing full-length solo plays.

Her solo play My Life in the Trenches was ‘best of the fest’ at the Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC and was selected as part of the Kitchen Theatre’s Counter Culture program.

In 2007 She was commissioned by the East Lynne Theater Company to write a solo play about the notorious Lizzie Borden. She received the Jacoby Award for her portrayal of Lizzie in her solo play Lizzie Borden Live! The piece went on to tour RI, NY, MA, & AZ.

Next, she tackled two full-length plays, both semi-finalists in the O'Neill Playwright Competition. Several short stories about her acting life and life as an Army Brat have been published. Two literary agents recently approached her to write a book, and she's working on that now.