Jeff is a lifelong resident of the Dallas area and has been involved in theatre, in some capacity, for nearly 30 years.  Cutting his teeth on church and school plays growing up, he originally planned to be an actor and appeared in numerous local productions as well as spending a season in the performing company of Scarborough Renaissance Festival. Jeff holds a BA in Television/Radio from Southern Methodist University and worked for a number of years as a video editor and producer before deciding to return to SMU to study design for the stage.  For SMU he has designed Dark Ride, the world premiere of Locust, Stuff Happens, Trouble in Mind, An Ideal Husband, and Intimate Apparel. His set design for SMU’s production of An Ideal Husband was named the 2009 Region VI finalist for the Barbizon Awards for Excellence in Scenic, Costume and Lighting Design at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.


He received his MFA in Stage Design in 2009 and has worked with SMU, Texas Woman's University, Broken Gears Project Theatre, Dallas Children's Theater, and Undermain Theatre.  Notable set designs include Charlotte's Web and A Wrinkle in Time for Dallas Children's Theater. Jeff has assisted Tony Award-winning designer John Arnone on productions of David Rabe’s The Black Monk and Len Jenkin's Port Twilight at Undermain.  In addition, he has drawn on his video editing background to create projections for a number of shows, including Charlotte's Web, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Neverending Story at Dallas Children's Theater and Port Twilight and Time in Kafka for Undermain Theatre.

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