Jeff Kelly is the theater manager for PATA. He has been involved in the arts for over half of his life both on an off the stage. He currently serves as the Manager of Cultural and Special Events and Theater Director of Misericordia University. He received his undergraduate degree in Professional Studies Fine Arts with a minor in Psychology and his Master’s degree in Organizational Management through Misericordia University as a Graduate Assistant, the Assistant Theater Manager. Working hand in hand with professional artists, speakers, and theater troupes, he strives toward expanding the horizon of Misericordia’s Cultural events. Aside from booking talent to come to MU, Jeff is an adjunct faculty member of the English Department teaching courses in Basic Acting, Technical Theater, and Directing, and serves as the Stage and Technical Director for the Misericordia Players.
Within Jeff’s stay at MU he has had the privilege to run tech for a variety of high caliber artists such as America, CCR, Three Dog Night, Lonestar, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, acting troupes such as the National Players, and speakers such as Francis Townsend, Temple Grandin, and Maya Angelou.
Besides the college setting, Jeff has been a freelance “techie” for local high schools and community theaters. He has worked with groups such as the NEPA Philharmonic and Joan Harris Dance Studio through Dallas High School Performing Arts Center as Lighting Director, and continues to assist with Dallas High Schools drama department in both technical and onstage aspects.
Along with a professional technical background, Jeff loves to perform. Throughout college Jeff studied voice and acting under John and Judy Curtis, as well as Don Hopkins and Jack Mainwaring. Throughout these years Jeff had the opportunity to perform alongside of groups such as Messiah Rocks and with Elizabeth Vonn Trapp.
Jeff’s journey through the arts has helped him uncover his true passion, education. To him there is no greater feeling then connecting, molding, and witnessing the success of his students.