Political Musical Comedy
Jollaine is a comedienne and musician. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in music, she moved to New York City, where she pursued a masters degree at Columbia University while studying with celebrated acting coach William Esper. She was cast in numerous off-Broadway productions, including "I Married an Angel," "Foxy," and "Misreadings" at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, as well as the independent films "Manhattan Tale" and "I Dream Before I Take the Stand." Jollaine performs stand-up comedy regularly at clubs in New York, including Comic Strip Live, Broadway Comedy Club, and Village Lantern, and works with the renowned improvisation comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade. She has appeared as a voice over artist and on-camera talent in numerous television and radio commercials, including Arm and Hammer, Sony, and Mercedes Benz. She has also been featured in Urban magazine and Marie Claire.
As a TV personality, Jollaine's charisma and affable style have led her to many on-camera appearances as a host, reporter, and interviewer. She was the entertainment host for where she interviewed hundreds of emerging indie bands in New York City. She worked as the correspondent for the Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival, interviewing notable musicians such as Bruce Hornsby and Henry Butler. She was also the host and pianist for a children's musical improv show at Kidzone TV. As a DJ, she hosted a blues show at WFDU 89.1 FM and was the reporter for WPGU 107.1 FM. Behind the camera, she has worked as a producer's assistant at ABC News 20/20, a field producer at RMG media for red carpet events, a writer for and an assignment editor at NY1 News.
As a musician, Jollaine's combination of gifted songwriting, piano virtuosity, and extraordinary vocal power distinguishes her as an emerging powerhouse in the contemporary New York music scene. During her childhood she was a concert pianist, performing in recitals and competitions throughout the country and winning 1st place in the Buckeye Piano Competition. She studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, while her summers were spent at the Oberlin Piano Institute. Her eclectic style of songwriting is conjured from the many corners of the musical map - from sultry shadings of jazz to the soulful contemplations of blues to the melodic elegance of classical music - creating a unique modern style that places her at the cutting edge of popular music. Perhaps a high point in her drive for excellence was when she received accolades from the Johnny Mercer Foundation for an exceptional talent in songwriting. Jollaine's unique signature comes through in her soulful voice, piano virtuosity, and distinctly unique style, which build a deeply textured performance. As one reviewer pointed out, "Jollaine has parlayed nearly two decades of classical mastery into a new and evocative style."