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The person Jeff is today is due to the profound influence the arts have had on him throughout his life. His personal and professional experiences with the Arts have nurtured a passion for sharing with other the joy of how the arts can enrich one's life, reflect society, and change the world around us. He has cultivated many skills that have and continues to aid in his further development. He is a champion of the theatre arts as he obtained a Master’s degree in Theatrical Studies to be experience and instrumental to my future contributions to the theater community.
Jeff grew up in Orange and attended Park Avenue Elementary, Central Elementary, Lincoln Avenue School, Orange Middle School, and graduated from the home of the Tornadoes, Orange High School. A small urban town that was limited to a variety of artistic outlets. It was not until he was selected for an internship at Montclair State University's Summerfun/Theatrefest theatre programs that exposed him and nurtured his passion for the arts in earnest. “I will always remember the counsel I received from one of my first theatre mentors at Montclair State during a critique. Jerome Rockwood said to me, ‘In theatre, your intentions are reflected by how you do it, not what you do.’” Training in Theatre challenged him to think differently and developed various perspectives in appreciation. As an undergraduate, Dean Geoffrey Newman of the College of the Arts department offered Jeff the position of Box Office Manager when Montclair State was on a hiring freeze. “There I stood working in Theatre on the Business end as I study the art and the craft. Learning to view Theatre through the optics and disciplines of psychology, history, literature, sociology, natural science, and music. All of which allowed me greater insight into Theatre, the role of Theatre, and myself”.
Before and upon graduation from Montclair State University, his focus has been to seek out opportunities to continue his personal and professional growth. It was then he was hired professionally in the theatre arts. He worked with Pushcart Players (Theatre for young audiences) in Verona as an actor and Stage Manager, Performed in Theatrefest summer theatre at Montclair State University: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill alongside Loretta Devine, and The Normal Heart in which he received my Actor's Equity card.
His passion took him to New York City, where he took additional classes with prominent casting directors, Alexis Fogel and coach Penny Templeton. He was then asked to sign with Cathy Parker Management who represented Kelly Rippa. He appeared on All My Children as Office Lovingood for four years with Tonya Pinkins, Shari Headley, Dondre T. Whitfield, Ingrid Rogers, John Callahan, James Kiberd, William Christian, Richard Lawson, and Christopher Lawford. And contracted for several National Commercials where he earned his Screen Actors Guild card. However, his heart was for Theatre and later recruited by The African Globe Theater at Symphony Hall in Newark, New Jersey, and in sequence, performed in The Piano Lesson, Last of the Red-Hot Lovers, and Driving Miss Daisy.
Artistic Director, Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly of the Irish Repertory Theatre asked him to run and cultivate her Box Office and with his undergraduate experience, he did. It was second nature to implement dynamic changes and facets in running well established and popular Off-Broadway theater Box Office. Jeff excelled in creating policies, budget/timelines to taking part in the creative process, writing scripts, producing and supervising production teams as well as short films. All of which are displayed on his website, www.j-wingfield.com. Through various programs provided by Screen Actors Guild American Federation of Radio Artists, Jeff was able to produce under with prominent artists in the industry. Charlotte Moore propelled him to return to school to pursue and finish his Master's Degree.