The unrated musings of a daydreaming acting coach.
Beginning March, 2021
I have always been a writer. I love it. Like everyone, sometimes I have hunches, questions, observations or reactions that I wish I could share, but they feel too casual or undeveloped for long form writing. They have no place to go… So, I’m going to put them here.
If you’ve participated in classes I teach, like The Monday Night Acting Lab, this may be a way for you to keep in touch and stay part of the evolving community. Or if we haven’t worked together yet, this may be a way for you to learn more about me.
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Theatre Director / Acting Coach
Jeffrey Puukka is a theatre director and acting coach of Finnish and Irish roots, living and working in the Pacific Northwest.
Jeffrey's favorite projects from 20+ years of directing include Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Polly Teale’s Mermaid, David Adjmi’s Elective Affinities--which performed in Portland, Edinburgh, and Cambodia--as well as his own adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Women of Troy, inspired by Euripides.
Jeffrey is passionately curious about actor training and has mentored actors ranging eight to eighty years of age. Jeffrey initiated and leads The Monday Night Acting Lab, originally sponsored and hosted by Mt. Hood Community College from 2017 until the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, The Monday Night Acting Lab has continued to grow, in spite of being conducted online. Jeffrey has guest-lectured at Washington State University, and has collaborated regularly as an acting instructor for Metropolitan Performing Arts in Vancouver, Washington.
As an acting coach, Jeffrey works 1:1 with actors and acting-curious souls seeking support many kinds of work actors do. You can book Jeffrey via his appointment scheduler, which allows you to peruse office hours for a time that works for you.