Jill Guyton Nee

Director of Dance, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance

(901) 678- 2815
(901) 678-1350
3745 Central Ave., Theatre, Room #237-B
Office Hours
Office Hours (Fall 2015): TR 2:00-4:00pm

About Jill Guyton Nee

Jill Guyton Nee is the Head of Dance for the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance. She earned her BA in dance and BS in business management from Meredith College. After graduating, she joined the full time staff at American Dance Festival, was a collaborative member of the former company Even Exchange Dance Theatre, and served on the Board of Directors for Code f.a.d. Company before attending The Ohio State University Department of Dance for her MFA. Her work has been presented in Thailand and throughout the United States. Creatively, she has worked with several distinguished choreographers including Mark Dendy, David Dorfman, Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Gaspard Louis, Shane O’Hara, Erin Carlisle Norton, and Carol Finley. She choreographs regularly for the Department of Theatre and Dance, Racine + Southern Dance Exchange (RSDE) and Opera Memphis.

Jill is a co-director and founder of CJ40 Productions, an American contemporary dance theatre company that explores the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company has presented at several fringe festivals on the east coast, and continues to create new works every year.

Her musical theatre choreographies include Spring Awakening, Oklahoma!, The Wedding Singer, Chicago, West Side Story, The Robber Bride-Groom, Seussical, and Guys and Dolls.  She has performed, created, and collaborated with choreographers Susan Hadley, Bebe Miller, Melanie Bales, David Dorfman, Pamela Pietro, Shane O’Hara, Katherine Ferrier, Talani Torres, and Carol Finley.

Jill’s teaching specialties include jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, modern, choreography and pedagogy.

“Students in my classes build mental and physical agility; awareness of self and space; and rhythmic capability in which I find to be vital in the artistic athleticism and virtuosity across all genres of dance. My teaching methods of the physical practice include core stability and muscular strength; propulsion through space; and line, design and form of the body through clarity of movement. I promote socio-eco-cultural knowledge as context, and it is through accessible instruction, and an empowering learning environment that I train dance artists.”


Bachelor of Arts, Meredith College, 2008, Dance
Bachelor of Science, Meredith College, 2008, Business Management
Master of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University, 2014, Dance



  • Assistant Professor of Dance, 2014-Present
  • Research Assistant, Professor Rodney A. Brown, The Ohio State University, 2013-2014
  • Graduate Teaching Associate, The Ohio State University, 2012-2014
  • Company Choreographer, Academy for the Performing Arts, 2006-Present
  • Full-time Staff, American Dance Festival 2008-2010

Honors and Awards

  • Choreography Award, Encore Dance Competition 2012
  • Choreography Award, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge 2011
  • ​​Choreography Award, Encore Dance Competition 2011​
  • Choreography Award, Encore Dance Competition 2010
  • Choreography Award, Starsystems 2010
  • Choreography Award, ​​Starsystems 2009
  • ​​Performance Award, Meredith College 2008
  • Performance Award, Meredith College 2007

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Choreography, Performance, Pedagogy
Teaching Interests: Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Stage Movement, Pedagogy, Composition, Improvisation