A champion for ensemble-based work, Jeffrey hosts the From the Ground Up podcast interviewing collaboratively creative companies from around the country about how their work is made and paid for. As Founder and Core Member of Project: Project Theatre Ensemble – a devising theatre company that blends scripted material with improvisation in site-specific/non-traditional spaces. Preferring generating to interpreting, Project: Project explores and experiments with form, participation, and the role of the audience.
Previously as Social Media and Community Outreach Director for the Plays for Presidents Festival, Jeff helped coordinate the largest election-year theatrical event in the United States since the Federal Theatre Project’s It Can’t Happen Here. He organized, partially recruited, and connected 46 productions of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents in communities across the country.
Favorite directing credits include Shiver: A Fairytale of Anxious Proportions1 1. A Phobic Folklorist Fugues the Fuck Out, How May I Connect You? (Or, Scenes in the Key of D:\) and What Are You Doing Here? with Project: Project Theatre Ensemble, bobraushenbergamerica at the National High School Institute, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at Bad Habit Productions, T: An MBTA Musical (Broadway World Best Musical, Best Director 2011, 2012) at American Repertory Theatre’s Club Oberon, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (DASH: Best Director Nominee) at the Footlight Club, and Imagination and A Threepenny Space Opera at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
He has trained with Augusto Boal, Liz Lerman, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, ImprovBoston, Dominique Serrand, Giovanni Fusetti, Double Edge Theater, and the inmates from Shakespeare Behind Bars located within a medium-security prison. His ten-minute play Love, Death and Latex was a finalist for the 2012 Heideman Award, and has been performed at the Source Festival in Washington D.C. He has assisted or observed new play development at Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, O’Neill Theater Center, Boston Children’s Theater, and Actors Theatre of Louisville with directors and playwrights including Mary Zimmerman, Aaron Posner, Jessica Thebus, Jamie Castañeda, Trip Cullman, Anne Bogart, Kirk Lynn, David Catlin, Israel Hicks, Mark Masterson, and Sean Daniels.
(Education and Producing Resumes are available upon request.)