Jeff Whiting

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Jeffery V. Whiting was born in Colorado, but raised in Utah, by David and Betty Whiting. Jeff Whiting was introduced to theatre when he was ten in the University of Utah's Children's Theatre program. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in music dance theatre.

During his senior year at BYU, Whiting was hired to play Quasimodo in Disney's 1997 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Whiting is the founder and director of Open Jar Institute, a choreography and acting training institute started in 2003 in New York City. He has choreographed and directed over fifty shows for Disney' creative team, and special events, such as, James Taylor Live at Carnegie Hall and Stro! A Gala Honoring Susan Stroman.

In 2007, Whiting was hired by legendary director/choreographer, Susan Stroman. Together they created four new Broadway shows: Young Frankenstein, Happiness, The Scottsboro Boys, (winner of 12 Tony nominations) and Big Fish. In 2013, Whiting and Stroman also produced Bullets Over Broadway.

Whiting was the keynote speaker and artist instructor at the Utah Theatre Association Conference in January of 2013. Also in 2013, Whiting created an app called, Stage Write, which effectively replaced entertainment industry's cumbersome show bibles with an online app of a production's documents. This app is used worldwide and was recognized at a 2013 Apple convention. Stage Write was among the 16 apps out of 4,000 that was highlighted as industry transforming.

In 2015, Whiting was chosen to be the director of the musical Single Wide, created by BYU faculty member George Nelson and BYU student Jordan Kamalu. The script was selected as a Next Link Project to be performed at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMTF). It is a tremendous honor, and Single Wide will receive a complete production at the festival with a budget, dramaturgy support, and access to workshops and agents.

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