Jeffrey Puukka is a theatre director and acting coach of Finnish and Irish roots, living and working in the Pacific Northwest. 

Some of Jeffrey’s favorite projects from 20+ years of directing include Steven Dietz’ This Random World: The Myth of Serendipity, 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 has facilitated classes or other learning opportunities at several spots throughout the region, in addition to leading the Monday Night Acting Lab, which he initiated in 2017. He currently teaches acting for Metropolitan Performing Arts (Vancouver, WA), Mt. Hood Community College, (Gresham, OR), and coaches interpretive speech for Sam Barlow High School’s nationally recognized Speech and Debate team.

As an acting coach, Jeffrey works 1:1 with actors and acting-curious souls seeking support with 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.



Jeffrey Puukka gratefully resides on the traditional lands of the Cowlitz and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.


Jeffrey Puukka welcomes people of all races, ages, religions, political affiliations, genders, countries of origin, sexual orientations, sizes, and abilities into collaboration with him, and the projects he facilitates as an independent theatre practitioner. Jeffrey is committed to anti-racism as a core thread of his own ongoing education, and a core value in his ongoing independent practice.