Jeffrey’s theatrical career began in Albany, New York. Kindergarten, 1995. He was cast as The Sun in the school play about space because, to quote his teacher, “The Sun spoke the most and he wouldn’t stop talking in class.”  He was a Star. 

Jeffrey then came out of retirement as an actor in 1999 in Orlando, FL, when a friend of his in third grade refused to continue being his friend if Jeffrey did not audition for his school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Remarkably, he was cast as Snug the Joiner. From that point on Jeffrey continued acting in school, community and local professional productions with companies including Wekiva River Players, Starlight Dinner Theatre, Helen Stairs Theatre, Wayne Denche Theatre and Orlando Repertory Theatre.  Some roles of note are Charlie Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown; Doody in Grease; Billy in Anything Goes; and Dancing Fork and Fruit Plate in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

In 2009, time had come for Jeffrey to leave Orlando, and receive an education. Up to this point, theatre was merely a variety of different musicals and Disney with some Shakespeare thrown in durning English class. 

Jeffrey attended Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. In 2009, when he first arrived his goal was to receive a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and be on Broadway by the age of twenty five. His professors had a different plan for him. He was assigned to be the Co-Sound Designer on the spring musical, Working. Even though he had no idea what he was doing he fell in love with setting up audio systems and constructing soundscapes. While he still wanted to perform he also began learning and exploring Audio and its applications in theatre. From then on he became the “Sound Guy” at his small college and sound designed virtually every show. Even when he wasn’t officially designing, he was often consulted for help by other poor souls assigned to sound design. By the end of his college career, performance was a distant memory.

 

During his college career he was nominated for local awards against industry professionals and other college students. These nominations included: Metrolina Theatre Awards for Working; Pinocchio’s Sister; Almost, Maine; and Retreat From Moscow and Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his sound design of As I Lay Dying.

In 2013, Jeffrey graduated from Catawba College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Sound Design and Directing.  Post college, Jeffrey has traveled around the country by working as a freelance Sound Designer and Engineer. His career has taken him from the bayous of New Orleans to the towering mountains of Montana. 

In January 2018, Jeffrey officially relocated to New York City to pursue Sound Deign and Engineering. New York Design Credits include Venus with Sound Designer Ben Scheff and Waterwell, A Midsummer Night's Dream with NYSX; Steel Magnolias  With Gallery Players. He continues to travel for designs including houses such as Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, MA and Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT. He is continuously looking to expand his collaborations with theaters across the country to fulfill his dream of living somewhere in the woods and leaving every now and then to create art in beautiful places with talented people.

Jeffrey is looking forward to what the future holds and would like to thank his family, his friends and his incredibly talented network of collaborators for helping to make him the professional, artistic and lucky man he is today.

 

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