Jefferson TurnerDepartment Chair Musical Theatre Musical Theatre
Since arriving in New Orleans to study music at Loyola University (Bachelor of Arts in Music History, 1999), Jefferson has built a career in performing, music directing, and composing in theatre. He has worked at many local theatres and with local companies, including Rivertown Theatres, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, NOLA Project, Jefferson Performing Arts Society, and Cripple Creek Theatre Company. From 2003 – 2005, Jefferson was the music director in residence for NORD’s Ty Tracy Theatre. In 2006 he attended the Cabaret Conference at Yale, and has gone on to write and perform many original cabaret works with Amy Alvarez, Ricky Graham, Sean Patterson and Mandy Zirkenbach, and Janet Shea. With Mr. Graham, Jefferson also wrote the original Christmas musical Scrooge in Rouge, published and licensed through Dramatists Play Service in New York. In 2013, Jefferson wrote (with Graham and Patterson) an original musical for the Theatre Department at Loyola University, The Money Box, based on Moliere’s play The Miser. He has music directed the regional premieres of Tony Award-winning musicals Next to Normal and Fun Home, both with Southern Rep Theatre. He is the recipient of several Big Easy Awards; favorite music directing projects include Me and My Girl (Rivertown), Assassins (NOLA Project), Ragtime (Cripple Creek), and Hairspray (both Le Petit Theatre and Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre). Jefferson spends much of his time developing and performing new works for local stages.