JEF HALL-FLAVIN

I am a director and multidisciplinary theater maker based in the UK and the US.

 

After more than 25 years making things happen as a director, teacher, non-profit leader, administrator, producer, designer, and writer, I'm currently refocusing my creative energy in an academic setting, researching performance practice at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama.

I've found that theater makers are among the most resourceful, flexible people I know. In our careers we must often wear many hats, think in creative ways, and learn to collaborate with everyone. 

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've honed my skills in marketing, graphic design, 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 creativity, clear vision, and a willingness to do whatever needs to be done.

Executive Director

PROVINCETOWN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS THEATER FESTIVAL

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.

Associate Director

THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

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.

Bringing unknown plays by Tennessee Williams to life

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTIONS

© 2019 by Jef Hall-Flavin