A born and raised New Yorker, Gillian is a karaoke enthusiast who says hello to dogs on the street, but always asks permission first. She is a proud Ravenclaw and loyal to House Stark.
With over fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry, Gillian is a content creator through and through. She is an actor, voice-over artist, on-camera host, podcaster, editor, writer, SAG signatory producer, and showrunner.
Gillian is the creator, executive producer, and host of The Hamilcast: A Hamilton Podcast, the first Hamilton podcast to hit the airwaves in January of 2016, which has since earned the title of "The Official Hamilton Podcast" among cast, crew, and creatives. In this podcast about all things Hamilton, Hamilton-related, Hamilton-adjacent, or anything else in the Miranda universe, Gillian Pensavalle talks to guests about such things as: how Hamilton brings people together, how we find Ham references in everyday life, and the general brilliance of the show. Gillian is proud to say that she's spoken to almost everyone from the original creative team (aka "The Cabinet") including the man himself: Lin-Manuel Miranda. In addition, she's had cast members from every company, crew members, musicians, creatives, and the hard working people that keep the production alive. She's also had to pleasure of speaking to experts on the show and its history, some of my superfan friends of note, celebrity Ham enthusiasts, and everything in between.
Teaming up with her husband Michael Paul Smith, Gillian is the co-creator, producer, and star of The Residuals, a successful comedy series based on the couple's the real-life auditioning for commercials in New York City. Guest stars include Horatio Sanz, Michael Torpey, and Emily Tarver.
She is also the producer of her husband's sketch comedy podcast Ted and Michael Read Sketches into Microphones, featuring the voices of Mike O'Gorman, Nik Walker, and many more.