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The InterACTive Theater of Jef



Certified Teaching Artist



  • Theatre

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Jef is a mime and variety artist currently performing at fairs and festivals, libraries and schools as The InterACTive Theater of Jef.He has performed at such places as Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, The Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill, the Saluda County and Newberry County Libraries, and Pontiac Elementary in Elgin.He is also a teaching artist, sharing workshops and residencies in mime, mask, physical dynamics, Commedia dell’arte, melodrama and circus arts.
Jef studied Mime with C.W. Metcalf, Tony Montanaro & Jacques Lecoq.He also studied Period Dance & Style with William Burdick, Clowning with Peter Hoff and John Towsen, Acting with Bill Hickey at the H.B. Studio, and Commedia dell’arte with Joan Schirle and Donald Forrest at the Dell’Arte School.
He began his professional career with the TOUCH Mime Theater, performing for folks of all ages throughout the United States.He then created and performed as the mascot Wool E. Bull for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC.He began his variety arts work as one half of the duo, Ken & Jef.He now performs his wacky brand of theater for children and families as a soloist: combining mime, juggling, clowning and variety arts.


Dr. Sharon T. Doyle

Woodland Heights Elementary, music teacher/grant manager

We have repeatedly used Jef as part of our Theatre residencies as we do not have a certified theatre teacher in our building. He provides not only our students with incredible activities that call upon their depth of knowledge, but also works to provide quality staff development for our teachers.

(November 24, 2021)

Gold Star 1 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 2 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 3 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 4 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 5 for Rating 5/5

Gloria Turner

Southside Middle School/Theatre Teacher

I have been working with Jef for at least 10 years. He has taught mime, mask and movement, character development, and scriptwriting to theatre and language arts students. He has also conducted professional development for our staff. I highly recommend Jef as an artist in residence.

(November 24, 2021)

Gold Star 1 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 2 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 3 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 4 for Rating 5/5
Gold Star 5 for Rating 5/5

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