Jef Awada | Webster University

Jef Awada

Photo of Jef AwadaBFA, Emerson College, 1993; Certificate, Professional Training Program, Delle' Arte School of Physical Theatre, 2002; MFA, Performance Pedagogy, University of Pittsburgh, 2006; Alexander Technique Teacher-in-Training, expected to be completed December, 2020. Lead Movement teacher at Webster since 2006.

Jef is an actor, director, movement coach, and teacher. His interest in diverse perspectives on movement training has led him to study traditional commedia dell'arte with Giovanni Fusetti, Suzuki technique with Yukihiro Goto, clown with Philippe Gaulier and Ronlin Foreman, and Russian scenic movement with Andrei Droznin.

Prior to earning his M.F.A. in Performance Pedagogy, Jef worked as an actor in New York and around the country. Highlights include: New Works festivals at P.S. 122 and The American Livingroom Series at HERE in New York City; co-founder/performer/writer of Scary Little Town, an ensemble-based sketch comedy troupe; Mr. Tumnus in Oregon Children's Theatre Drammy award winning The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe; Scrooge for the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company; The Wigmaker in Rashomon for the Pitt Repertory Theatre.

His directing credits include, Will Mr. Merriweather Return from Memphis for the St Louis Tennessee Williams Festival, Mary Zimmerman's Arabian Nights and Romeo and Juliet for St. Louis Shakespeare Co., Fables for Metro Theatre Co., and Cloud 9, The Insect Play, A Reconsolidated Life, and Big Love at Webster University. His production of Big Love was invited to and performed at the Havana International Theatre Festival in October 2015.

As a movement director for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Jef coached productions of The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Othello, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In the classroom, he has designed and taught courses as varied as Acting for Animators at the Ringling College of Art and Design, Traditional Commedia Movement Styles for Russian students at the Shchukin Institute of the Vahktangov Theatre in Moscow, and red nose clown in New Delhi.