Photograph of Jeffrey Puukka, theatre director

To put it simply…

I am passionately curious about actors and actor training.

I love helping people stumble into confidence.

I love witnessing creativity unfurl, and impact the world.

Professionally, I work where these things I love meet and merge.

I am a theatre director. I am an acting coach.

You are welcome here,

What people say…


“The thing that makes Jeffrey stand out to me is how good he is at bringing out YOUR brilliance. He doesn’t impose anything but instead, like any good teacher, helps you discover your own excellence. His coaching is insightful, deeply useful, expertly tailored to YOU. He responds to your desires and needs (no matter how diverse or wide ranging) and is able to provide coaching that exactly fits what you’re looking for. He’s also kind, essentially ego-less, and absolutely willing to acknowledge the limits of his expertise (eg, he won’t try to sell himself to you if he doesn’t think he has anything to offer).”

Lyra Butler-Denman
Actor and dance artist.
Portland, Oregon

The Monday Night Acting Lab

“The magic of being simultaneously inside one’s comfort zone and outside it: Jeffrey has been able to strike the most graceful and fruitful of balances when it comes to making sure participants are stretched to their potential, without sacrificing the warmth and guidance that stand as testament to a gifted teacher and acting coach.”

Ani Elizaveta
Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY

“One of the best acting classes I’ve been to in quite a while. I studied with Uta / AADA / Meisner and actors from the Actors Studio in NY. I know a thing or two about acting classes”

Damon Millican,
Portland, Oregon


“Vigorous, engaging theatre.” … “A three hours of unrelenting intensity. It seems that every line carries a powerful emotional punch.”

Jeffrey Puukka’s production of Women of Troy reviewed by
Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian

“With simple additions like contemporary music and iPhones, director Jeffrey Puukka demonstrates the continuously relevant story arch of ‘Streetcar‘ in today’s society. This modern production deftly depicts how the reaction to rape victims has never really changed in the years since the play opened on Broadway in 1947.”

Jeffrey Puukka’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire reviewed by
Brittany Allen
Pamplin Media Group

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