Gillian "Gil" Russo joined the NYTG editorial team in 2021 as an assistant editor. She graduated Fordham University at Lincoln Center that year with an honors degree in journalism and theatre, and she is based in Manhattan.
Originally from Connecticut, Gillian began taking dance lessons at age 3, and her desire to do even more tap dancing eventually led her to theatre. She knew her turn as Frau Schmidt in The Sound of Music wouldn't lead to a performance career, but she still loved the art form, and a Journalism 101 class held at a local theatre that was producing Newsies luckily introduced her to the world of theatre journalism. Her arts writing has since appeared in Broadway News, Backstage Magazine, Plays To See, The Fordham Observer and more. Her full portfolio of writing and multimedia work is here.
Outside of work, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, The New York Times Spelling Bee, and game shows, all of which she tweets enthusiastically about alongside theatre. She still takes dance classes, enjoys baking, and is looking to expand upon her basic stage combat training. Her favorite musicals, in part for sentimental reasons, remain Newsies and The Sound of Music, and her favorite play is Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. She saw it eight times in two months.