An entertainment professional for over thirty years, Jeffrey has worked worldwide in radio, theater, film, television and corporate production. He is a native of Southern California and began his career in 1983 for Disney Entertainment working on parades, theme park show support, special events (including the 1984 Olympic Celebration), radio remote broadcasts and network television specials.
Though Jeffrey’s credits are diverse in nature, his career has always been rooted in theater. First as a designer, then moving into directing, producing and eventually management. He has held Artistic and/or Executive Director positions for the New View Theater in Orange County, CA (1988-1989), the Sands Theater Center in Florida (2006-2009), and the Maine summer theater programs at the Manitou Playhouse (1999-2001) and Camp Matoaka Performing Arts Center (2009-2018). His theatrical credits include over 200 productions. Favorites include world premiere‘s of Beyond the Orange Sky, Dead Dogs Don’t Fart, and the Civil War Musical Dear Emma; as well as revivals of Deathtrap, Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sound of Music, Shrek, Mikado and Pirates of Penzance.
From 1996 – 2006, Jeffrey owned Illusion Scenic, a management and design company focused on corporate entertainment production. There, he managed dozens of design and fabrication projects for corporations traveling to 28 states, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and Europe. During that span, he had the pleasure of providing show support for singers Tony Bennett, Aaron Neville, Sara Evans, Smokey Robinson, and the well known political figures President George H. Bush, General Colin Powell, George Stephanopolis, James Carville and British Prime Minister John Major.
Other highlights include contract stints with Six Flags Over Georgia and Robert F. Jani Productions and while Executive Director for the Sands Theater Center, managing the completion of the $12 million dollar restoration of the historic Athens Theatre in downtown DeLand, Florida. The 1921 historic vaudeville house reopened January 6, 2009 as a centerpiece for the city.
Jeffrey’s film credits include Sam and Elvis, Why Me?, and Oliver Twisted, and TV credits include Healthy 100, Steal the Scene, Comedy Night School, and Sara’s Choice.
His Community Service includes sitting on Boards for the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts (2007 – 2008), Volusia County ECHO (2011-2012) and the Orange County Cultural Facilities Review Board (2007 – 2018).
Jeffrey currently produces Live Events and both corporate and commercial Media content. During the summer months, he is still the Artistic Director for the Camp Matoaka summer theatrical program in Smithfield, Maine.
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