Jay Coffman Takes Center Stage

November 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

By day, Jay Coffman is known as a German instructor at the University of South Carolina Upstate. But when not on the USC Upstate campus, Jay is serving as the executive artistic director of the Spartanburg Little Theatre, where he is making amazing things happen.

He’s selling out the house—the 500-seat David Reid Theatre—with his plays. This season opened with Annie and all eight of the performances sold out, creating a spectacular buzz around town. Jay is certainly reaching his bottom line, both financially and creatively.

His hard work is paying off in more ways than one. People are buying tickets and attending the shows. The performances are garnering media attention and the shows are attracting lots of sponsors. Jay is bringing Broadway hits such as Cats, Peter Pan, My Fair Lady, and Hello, Dolly to the stage at the Chapman Cultural Center. This in turn is attracting not only the local talent to auditions, but actors from out of town.

Jay is now preparing for the November production of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, where he will be one of the four ridiculously talented actors who take on more than 150 roles in a plot packed with intrigue, international danger, an on-stage plane crash, old-fashioned romance, high-spirited comedy and a death-defying finale!

To learn more about the Spartanburg Little Theatre, visit www.spartanburglittletheatre.com.