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Jillian Matundan

Class of 2001
Major/Minor
Political Science, Drama

Keeza graduated from Washington College in 2001 with a double major in Political Science and Theatre and a minor in History. After graduating, she moved to New York City to become a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, which launched a career in politics in New York. In 2004, she left the city to work for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the largest and most politically active labor unions in the country. Keeza became AFSCME’s Political and Legislative Coordinator for New York State in 2005. In her capacity with AFSCME, she has worked all over the country on Presidential and issue campaigns.

In between all of that craziness, Keeza continued artistic pursuits. She is a resident actor with The Illustrious Theatre Company in Warwick, NY, where she set designed and acted in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Fantasticks (which she directed through the Riverside Players at WC in 2000). She also was a founding member of The Spontaneous Evolution Ensemble Theatre (S.E.E. Theatre) in New York City and also became an Artistic Associate, mostly set-designing, for The Cardboard Box Collaborative in Philadelphia, founded by WC alumnae Lindsay Krieg ‘00 and Mindy Beers ‘01. She also designed the set for The Beginning of August at Allen’s Lane Theatre in Philadelphia, directed by Mindy Beers. She most recently has become a member of the Saratoga Theatre Company in Upstate New York.

And yet, Keeza has always remained true to her first love of music. Starting violin lessons at the ripe age of 3, Keeza has been classically trained in violin, piano, flute and sitar. Along the way, she taught herself guitar, viola, string bass, banjo, ukulele, drums, saxophone, trumpet, mandolin—you name it, she’s probably played it. She was a founding member of the band, Dancing for Nickels, in her hometown of Syracuse (who played WC a few times) and has performed all over as a solo musician, from the boardwalk of Ocean City, MD to Cebu, Philippines. Keeza was also a violinist with the Lawyer’s Orchestra of New York City and is currently a violinist with the Delmar Community Orchestra. In an effort to merge her love for music and theatre, she is still working on a musical with Mindy, Dangling Parts.

Keeza has been published in the Gotham Gazette on election reform issues and has sat on numerous political panels and radio shows. She serves as the Vice-Chair for the Coro Alumni Association, is helping to raise funds for the new Gibson Performing Arts Center and will be training for a 100-mile bike ride in June for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. If that wasn’t crazy enough, she’s considering going back to grad school or law school—in her copious amounts of spare time, of course. Keeza resides in Albany, NY.

 

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134 N Pine Avenue
Albany, NY 12203-1737
Phone: 646-924-7001
e-mail: jmatundan@earthlink.net

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