Recent projects include (as director): Itty Bitty Doorway at Steep Theatre’s New Play Symposium, The Pie Man for Joe Janes’ 50 Plays Project at Hugen Hall, The Bully for The Neapolitan’s Off-Chekhov Festival at the Viaduct Theatre, The Last Letter, a solo performance from Vasily Grossman’s novel Life and Fate, performed at Spertus College and Columbia College, The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers with the Sinnerman Ensemble, Bernadine and Dina at the Neo-Futurists, and the world premiere of Alex Kotlowitz’s and Amy Dorn’s An Unobstructed View at Pegasus Player’s Theatre (co-directed with Susan Padveen). As performer/creator: Walking Stick, an indie film from Grandville Yarnell Productions, The Space Between, a devised piece created by students and faculty of the CCC Theatre Department and Field House Lab’s inaugural production, Orpheus Now at the City of Chicago’s Storefront Theatre.
Past directing projects include The Laramie Project at Oakton College, Morocco for Trap Door Theater, The Pineapple Story for New Tuners Stages, Caryl Churchill’s Ice Cream and Craig Lucas’ Blue Window for The School at Steppenwolf and two new plays for the Pegasus Players Young Playwrights Festival as well as co-directing (with Susan Padveen) Ken Lonergan’s The Waverly Gallery for that theater.
As an actor he has performed in 12 Volt Heart at Northwestern University, by Jeremy Cohen and Michael Elyanov based on the life of photojournalist Dan Eldon, Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and Fucking at Bailiwick Repertory Theater and the Chicago premieres of The Heidi Chronicles, Sight Unseen and Exact Change.
He has taught at The School at Steppenwolf, Northwestern University’s ‘Cherub’ Program, The Actor’s Center, Center Theater’s Training Program and at Columbia College Chicago where he has directed productions of Spring Awakening, Reckless, The Diary of a Scoundrel, Leocadia, The Lucky Spot, The Waiting Room, The Wild Duck, Goodnight Children Everywhere, Roland Schimmelphennig’s Push Up, Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Workroom and co-directed (with Susan Padveen) Leonid Andreyev’s HE Who Gets Slapped. He will be directing Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder in February 2012.
Jeff received a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Teaching Award and has twice been nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College. He has recently trained with the Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA and LISPA in London. He is a graduate of Boston University’s School of the Arts and the Yale School of Drama.
Jeff is an actor, director and educator and the coordinator of the Acting component of the Theater Department of CCC where he has been on the faculty for 25 years. As co-artistic Director of the National Jewish Theater for four years, he supervised, directed or acted in over twenty classics, as well as Chicago and world premieres. He was also co-artistic director of the Immediate Theater Company where he directed Joseph Jefferson Award-recognized productions of Seduced, Two Small Bodies, Apocalyptic Butterflies and Ragged Dick.