About Jef

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Jef Petersen is a playwright, director, educator and sometimes actor. He currently lives on the border of Washington and Idaho in the beautiful area known as the Palouse. He holds a MFA in Playwriting and Directing from the University of Idaho, a MA in Theatre Arts with and emphasis in Playwriting Pedagogy from the University of Oregon. His plays have been performed in Oregon and Idaho, and his play An Elaborate System of Ropes and Pulleys was performed as a fully staged reading in Emory University's Brave New Works Festival. Behind Glass, a screenplay by Jef and his long time writing partner, finished shooting in the Fall of 2014 and will be submitted to festivals in 2015-2016. His most performed play is The Naked Play. Petersen has directed a wide range of plays in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, including: The Dog in the Manger by Lope de Vega, Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl, Ordinary Time a new work by Sandra Hosking, and multiple devised and improvised shows. Jef has worked professionally as an improv actor in Oregon and Idaho but has been on a bit of an improv hiatus for the past three years. He is an avid painter and does it any chance he gets, which is not often enough. He is a bit of a bibliophile and has worked for two years with a master book binder where he has learned the craft of rebinding books so they can last another 100 years.