Hailing from Saskatoon, Canada, Jeffrey joins the faculty of Arts in Medicine at UF with over twenty five years of experience in theatre, film, and opera. Jeffrey's work at UF is focussed on Applied Theatre for education, development, and community health. His interest in Brecht and theatre for social change forms the base of his theatre praxis and has inspired his research into how theatre can address community issues. His recent research has been focused on contemporary Applied Theatre theory and how theatre and media best interfaces with specific demographic populations. Recent UF projects include Ashley's Consent, a multi-media, roving, site-specific theatre experience educating on sexual assault, consent, bystander intervention, and victim blaming. He also develops active theatre workshops for teens; topics include stress and coping mechanisms.
Jeffrey has been working with Health Street and the STEM Translational Communication Center on a series of panel discussions focussed around Cancer Research Studies and Patient/Care giver relationships. He creates drama that helps people going through difficult decisions understand their options. Jeffrey is also working with the UF Science Library developing videos on HIV/AIDS awareness for the Florida Community.
Jeffrey has partnered with the City of Gainesville and We the People Theatre to bring a theatre camp to the Eastside of Gainesville. Using "Romeo and Juliet" this project, sponsored by UF's Centre for the Humanities in the Public Sphere, is intended to connect students to the complex world of Shakespeare and address violence in our contemporary community. As well, Jeffrey is working with The Telling Project and the Veteran population in Gainesville - creating a verbatim theatre presentation intended to connect veterans with community.
Jeffrey is also a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and Transformational Breathing facilitator.
MFA, Theatre Directing; Universtiy of Victoria
MFA, Musical Theatre Performance; University of Cincinnati
LMUS, Voice Performance; McGill University.