Brian Jeffery

Brian Jeffery

Assistant Professor
Office: Fine Arts 322
Phone: (907) 786-1688
Email: bjeffery2@uaa.alaska.edu

Biography

Brian Jeffery hails from Chicago where he was active in the city's performing arts communities for over twenty years. He has previously served on faculty at Northwestern University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. As artistic director of XSIGHT! Performance Group for fifteen years his vision of exploring the amalgamation of theater, dance and the visual arts, has been consistently recognized by popular and critical acclaim. Jeffery created over fifty original multidisciplinary works for XSIGHT! and toured throughout the U.S. as well as Australia, Egypt, Cyprus, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. Jeffery has premiered work on numerous professional companies, notably Danz Abierta of Havana at the National Theater of Cuba, Trinity Irish Dance Company at the Joyce Theater New York City, Ghana Dance Ensemble in West Africa, and Lucky Plush Productions in Chicago. Jeffery's work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Chicago Artists Abroad, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and several UAA Faculty Development Grants. Jeffery has been twice honored with the Chicago Dance Coalition's Ruth Page Award for "Outstanding Choreography of the Year".

Teaching Responsibilities

Theory and Improvisation
Advanced Performance and Choreographic Workshop
Intermediate Modern Technique
Approaches to Dance Composition
Movement of Actors
Dance Repertory and Performance

Professional and Departmental Service

UAA Dance Ensemble, Director
New Dances Annual Production, Director
UAA Dance Club, Faculty Adviser