Leadership

JeffMeek

JEFFREY MEEK – Co-Artistic Director

Jeff has been writing for most of his 30 year acting career. He co-wrote the Bobby Darin biography, Beyond the Sea, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Bosworth. His new script, The Magnificent Bastards, is based on William Van Zanten’s popular book, Don’t Bunch Up.

Having performed in over 100 plays and musicals, Jeff has enjoyed playing such commanding roles as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, at the, Tony Award winning, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Jim Morrison, in the Doors musical, Celebration of the Lizard, produced by Doors co-founder and keyboardist, Ray Manzerek, at The San Diego Repertory Theatre and the title role in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Jeff also played the lead role of, Markus, in the west coast premier of Rob Ackerman’s dark comedy, Table Top, at the Laguna Playhouse, Mack the Knife, in San Diego Repertory’s production of, The Threepenny Opera. Most recently, Jeff starred as Thomas Novachek in Venus in Fur at San Diego Rep October-November 2013. He has received two Dramalogue Awards.

Jeff”s film acting includes starring opposite, Academy Award winner, Denzel Washington and Bob Hoskins in Heart Condition, with Academy Award winners Mickey Rourke, Morgan Freeman and Forrest Whittaker in Johnny Handsome, and opposite Kurt Russell and Kelly McGillis in Winter People.

His television work includes starring in the CBS prime-time series, Raven and the CBS late-night series, The Exile. He also played the duel roles of Rayden and Shao Khan in the TNT series, Mortal Kombat: Conquests. Jeff began his TV career playing, Quinn McCleary on the daytime series, Search for Tomorrow, and, most recently, played Craig Montgomery on As the World Turns. He’s also starred in numerous Movies of the Week, mini-series, pilots, as well as, many guest star appearances on episodic TV. Jeff recently guest-starred in the new series, The Glades on A&E and on the hit CBS series, Criminal Minds.

Jeff graduated with a bachelors degree in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He’s studied acting with Ivanna Chubbuck and Cameron Thor and lives in Santa Barbara.

R Michael GrosR. MICHAEL GROS – Co-Artistic Director

Michael served as Artistic Director for six seasons (2000 – 2006) with PCPA Theaterfest, where he produced and/or directed 70 Equity productions, including multiple world and west coast premieres, as well as, commissioning new works and producing numerous regional educational outreach tours.

Michael is a member of the professional theatre directors union (SSDC) and served as a resident faculty director at Kansas State University.

In 2005, Michael was selected to receive a residency fellowship in non-profit arts leadership at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Center for Social Innovation. He earned his MFA in directing from the University of California at Irvine, and earned his BA in theatre, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of California Los Angeles. He earned an AA degree from El Camino College where he studied with Howard Banks (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), William Buck and Charles Turner.

Michael is also an arts consultant, most recently serving as an advisor to the Board of Directors and interim Executive Director for the Clark Center for the Performing Arts in Arroyo Grande, CA. Michael has presented numerous seminars on leadership and arts management through the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Leadership Academy. He was an invited participant in Theatre Communication Group’s New Artistic Leaders Institute and New Works, New Ways Forum.

Michael has worked professionally at the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, South Coast Repertory Theatre and the Center Theatre Group.

Michael is currently Co-Chair of the Drama Department of  Santa Barbara City College.

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