Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Brown University
B.A., University of Toledo
Jerry has been teaching at Lake Erie College since 2008 and has directed numerous plays here, including Measure for Measure, I Hate Hamlet, Dracula, and many more. He previously lived and worked in Japan and New Zealand, having over 100 directing credits on 3 continents. He has published widely on theatre and comedy, with numerous articles, conference presentations and book reviews. He co-edited the book Performing Japan: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Identity.
What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?
Theatre students at Lake Erie College, as well as all students interested in theatre, get a chance to work on exciting pieces of performance art in a supportive environment with a high degree of personal mentoring. I spend a lot of time, in class, in rehearsals, and in general, with all of my students.
Research/Creative Activity Interests:
Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies
Popular Culture Association
Honors for best production and best actress, THE SHAPE of THINGS (2006) (IN THE New Zealand Listener)
Honors for best supporting actor, STAGE BLOOD (2007) (IN THE New Zealand Listener)
Performing Japan: Contemporary Expressions of Cultural Identity. Global Oriental LTD, University of Hawaii Press: 2008 (co-edited with Henry Johnson)
"I needed to go to this tabernacle of ignorance”: Marc Maron’s critique of the Creation Museum."Bulletin for the Study of Religion, Vol 42, No 3 (2013).
"Loop/I/-ness in the New Zealand Performance of Identity (or, Id Entity).”Australasian Drama Studies 55 (Oct 2009).
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, BINGO PARALLAX THEATRE GROUP, TSUKUBA, JAPAN:English language community theatre located in this college town 50 miles north of Tokyo which I began and operated for approximately two years, 12/95-2/98.
Taught at Universities in Japan and New Zealand (Tsukuba University & Otago University)
Performed standup comedy all over the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, as well as many other places.
Produced the Marx Bros. show FLYWHEEL, SHYSTER, AND FLYWHEEL was part of the 2007 New Zealand International Comedy festival
Coproduces and hosts a podcast called GOLD STAR CLASSROOM, with Prof Steven Gutierrez, since 2013.