Jeffrey Pufahl is a Lecturer and publicly engaged scholar in the Center for Arts in Medicine. Jeffrey holds a BMUS in Voice (McGill University), an MFA in Theater Performance (University of Cincinnati), 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 an 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 partners with health researchers to create educational videos translating research through drama. His most recent project helps families transition into the NICU.
Other projects include: From Colored to Black, a multi-modal play that incorporates oral history and contemporary dialogue to expose the health consequences of systemic racism, 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.