Jeffrey Pufahl is a Lecturer in the Center for Arts in Medicine. Jeffrey holds an MFA in Theater Performance (University of Cincinnati) and an MFA in Theater Directing (University of Victoria) and has 25 years of professional experience in film and theatre in Canada, the US, and the UK. His work at UF is focused on creating and using theatre to address social issues and community health. His research looks at innovative applications of theatre and video to health, social, and educational content in order to engage the public in critical dialogue.
Recently, Jeffrey was a Creative Campus Scholar in Residence in the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and where he developed a critical oral history performance for social justice program. His collaborative, ethnographic play Voices from the March documents the 2017 Women's March on Washington and Trump Inauguration through the eyes of the students who attended.
A faculty affiliate in the Center for STEM Translational Communication, Jeffrey has partnered with health researchers to create several patient education videos translating research through drama. His most recent project helps families transition into the NICU.
Other projects include: Ashley’s Consent, an award winning, multi-media, site-specific play educating on sexual assault and consent; Inside OCD, a storytelling program and performance featuring people living with an OCD diagnosis, and Telling: Gainesville, an original verbatim theatre project connecting the oral histories of Gainesville veterans with community for the purpose of facilitating dialogue and understanding. Jeffrey is currently creating an original theater installation connecting the work of Jacob Lawrence to regional oral histories as well as running a theater/storytelling program for LGBTQ+ teens.