BIOGRAPHY

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JEF HALL-FLAVIN

I am a theater practitioner based in the UK and the US.

 

After more than 25 years as a director, teacher, producer, non-profit leader, administrator, designer, and writer, I've taken time to refocus my creative energy, earning a research degree at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and teaching as a tutor at Mountview Academy for Theatre Arts in London while maintaining a directing presence in the US.

In my career I have worn many hats, and have learned how to collaborate with anyone and everyone. Read my full bio and download my CV below.

PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL

Executive Director

I oversaw the Tennessee Williams Festival from 2007 - 2018 with a small team of dedicated people. I managed its growth from a bold idea into a viable reality that has transformed the fall tourism economy in Provincetown Massachusetts while shedding an international spotlight on the avant-garde spirit and still-expanding canon of America's great playwright.

In my 13 years of leadership at the Festival, I honed my skills in marketing, development, producing, community engagement, and general management, all while directing more than a dozen of my own productions in hotel rooms, porches, living rooms, schools, town halls, beaches, fishing piers, and even theaters.

Presenting 130 productions and engaging more than 1400 artists and staff has taught me a great deal about what can be achieved with limited resources through clear vision, creativity, planning, and hard work.  Click here for a 2015 radio interview on Williams and the Festival.

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

Associate Director

At the largest classical theatre in the United States, I was a key member of the artistic team for two and a half years with Artistic Director Michael Kahn from 2003 - 2005.

 

There I served as casting director, assisted on four productions and directed one of my own while supporting guest directors in casting, dramaturgy, and as a production liaison. As a senior staff member, I oversaw budgets in excess of $1.3M, held over 2,000 auditions a year, supervised artistic interns and acting fellows, rehearsed understudies, and directed readings.

In addition to working with some of the most accomplished classical actors in the country, I developed working relationships with directors such as Mark Lamos, Bill Alexander, Keith Baxter, Kate Whoriskey, Douglas C. Wager, Ethan McSweeny, and Mary Zimmerman.

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTIONS

Bringing unknown plays by Tennessee Williams to life

I have been fortunate to direct the first productions of three short plays by world-renowned playwright Tennessee Williams, and produce nine others.

 

The Parade kicked off the first Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in 2006: a bittersweet, openly gay autobiographical play about love and heartbreak in 1940.

Green Eyes followed in 2008, a kinky Vietnam-era thriller about a dysfunctional newlywed couple that I have now adapted into a short film.

 

In 2009, I directed an un-produced short called The Enemy: Time, a play that Williams eventually developed into Sweet Bird of Youth.

GUTHRIE THEATER

Director, Assistant Director, Education Associate, Teaching Artist

I held several positions at one of the largest regional theaters in the United States. In my six years on staff, I coordinated over 400 volunteers, gave hundreds of workshops throughout Minnesota, and taught learners of all ages as a teaching artist in programs ranging from summer camps to writing workshops to professional acting and directing courses.

In addition to developing and directing a regional touring production that was seen in 5 states by over 10,000 students, I served as an assistant director to Joe Dowling, John Miller-Stephany, and Mark Lamos on productions by Tom Stoppard, Stephen Sondheim, and William Shakespeare. 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS