Theatre Director / Acting Coach
Jeffrey Puukka is a theatre director and acting coach of Finnish and Irish roots, living and working in the Pacific Northwest.
Jeffrey’s favorite projects from 20+ years of directing include 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 initiated and leads The Monday Night Acting Lab, originally sponsored and hosted by Mt. Hood Community College from 2017 until the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, The Monday Night Acting Lab has continued to grow, in spite of being conducted online. Jeffrey has guest-lectured at Washington State University, and has collaborated regularly as an acting instructor for Metropolitan Performing Arts.
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.
In March 2021, Jeffrey began writing weekly observations about acting, actor training, and life in his publication Thought Bubbles, the unrated musings of a daydreaming acting coach.
COLLABORATION AND ANTI-RACISM
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. You can read about Jeffrey’s teaching practices, beliefs, and values in this brief.