Originally from London, Ontario, Jeff learned at The London Theatre School and developed the showbiz-itch. Jeff continued to learn and study theatre and film acting in various stage productions and small video productions in Canada and at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
At 19, in his first year of University, Jeff directed his first theatre production of “Barstool Words” (by writer Josh Friedman) which had a sold-out run and played consistently to standing ovations. Jeff soon had the honor of apprenticing for writer/director John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Joe Vs. The Volcano, Congo) and stage director Daniel DeRaey at the Powerhouse Theatre in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Whilst earning his degree in Film Theory & Criticism, Jeff directed numerous productions both at home, as well as in New York, Toronto, and other places. Various productions include, “Fool for Love” by Sam Shepard, “The Birthday Party” by Harold Pinter, an elaborate production of “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett (including a massive 20-foot rear-projection video screen), and most recently “American Buffalo” by David Mamet. Jeff’s productions have garnered several awards, including his second production of “Barstool Words” in 2001 in New York, which won the “Best of the Fest” award at the Midtown-International-Theatre-Festival.
In 2002, Jeff directed his first film, an adaptation of the one-act play “The Store” by noted Canadian playwright Mavor Moore, starring Patrick McKenna. The film was an Official Selection of the Vancouver International Film Festival and in addition, aired on CBC, WTN, and IFC Canada. Since that time Jeff has been involved in several other feature film and television projects, as well as directing and producing several music videos.
Jeff has continually worked with creative and writing partner Josh Friedman, serving as dramaturg for over 20 plays, directing 3, and co-writing one screenplay entitled “Making Love”.
Jeff’s first feature film is “ZILLING ZELDA SPARKS”, based on the play, which Jeff directed and produced.