Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Dr. Jerry C. Jaffe
Current title: Associate Professor of Theatre
Campus Address: Fine Arts
Office Phone Number: 440.375.7451
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
Ph.D. Theatre Arts, Bowling Green State University
MA Theatre Arts, Brown University
BA Theatre Arts, University of Toledo
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
Directing, Comedy, Tourism, Philosophy, Theatre History
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
To help others and to give to the community. It is a very rewarding and fun vocation.
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
I love Ohio!
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
Theatre arts is everywhere around you, plus Entertainment Industry is a Billion-dollar global business with many career options, from Broadway to Disney to every corner of the world.
Q8: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
Every opening night is my proudest moment—to see the culmination of the student’s work, their pride and the support of their friends and family.
Q9: What one to two life skills do you try to teach your students?
Theatre teaches creativity, collaboration and discipline.
Q10: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand?
Art and life do NOT reflect each other, they ARE each other.
Q11: How do you interact with students outside of class?
Between mentoring students as well as working on productions, I spend A LOT of time with students outside of class.