Jay Duffer Associate Professor of Theatre ArtsDepartment Chair and Division Chair of the Fine Arts Jay Duffer currently serves as Chair of the Theatre Department and Division Chair of the Fine Arts and teaches the acting curriculum. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining the faculty at HU, Duffer spent many years as a professional actor, director and playwright living and working in New York City. He has performed in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to regional houses across the country as well as working in industrials and productions overseas. He is an active member of Actor’s Equity Association.
His New York directing credits include: Big Girl, Little World (The Greenwich Street Theatre), Cratchett Farm (Dillon’s Reprise Room and Upstairs@Red) and an original one act comedy, Carl and Shelly: Best Friends Forever, for the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival (Lafayette Street Theatre). Duffer also directed the popular New York-based sketch comedy troupe, Freedumb. The troupe played to sold-out crowds at the 2006 and 2007 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the 2005 and 2006 Toronto International Sketch Comedy Festival and the 2007 DC Comedy Festival. Duffer will also direct a production in the summer of 2013 at Amphibian Stage Productions, a professional theatre company based in Fort Worth, Texas.
As a playwright, Duffer’s original dark comedy Big Girl, Little World had its world premiere at the 2003 New York International Fringe Festival. His play, Asleep in the Arms of God, has received three equity staged readings in NYC, was part of Algonquin Production’s 2008 Reading Series, and in 2009, it won third place in the Northeast Indiana Playwright’s Contest.
From 2004-2007, Duffer was a founding member and the Executive Director of New Works for Threads Theatre Company, a New York City faith-based arts company that promotes and supports Christian writers in the secular marketplace. He has been involved in new script development/readings with Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Kaleidoscope Theatre Company and The Artful Conspirators, to name a few. Currently, he serves as Indiana State Chair for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.