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Mr. Jere Lee Hodgin

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Director and Chair of the School ...

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University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula , Montana 59812
United States

Company Description: Located at the heart of western Montana's stunning natural landscape in Missoula, The University of Montana was founded in 1893. One-hundred nineteen years later,...   more

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Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • MFA
    Univ. of Georgia
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University of Idaho - Acting & Theatre University of Idaho in Idaho, 16 Feb 2012 [cached]
Jere Hodgin, MFA
Associate Professor of Performance 208-885-7213
Jere is a MFA graduate in Acting and Directing from the Univ. of Georgia with over 25 years experience in professional theatre and a decade in academic theatre. He has produced over 200 productions, many of which were new and premiere works, and his directing career includes more than 175 plays, operas, and musicals. Scripts he has written or adapted include Castle Walk, A Christmas Carol (two versions-musical and non-musical), The Shiniest Rock of All, and The Christmas Cup. For 20 years he was the Producing Artistic Director of Mill Mountain Theatre where he founded the Norfolk Southern New Play Festival. Jere served as Artistic Director and Co-Producer of Highlands Playhouse in NC and has directed at numerous theatres including Walnut Street Theatre, The Barter Theatre, Wayside Theatre, and The Phoenix Theatre.
Jere currently serves as Vice-President of The National Alliance for Musical Theatre and served as NAMT's co-chair of New Works and as a member of the Festival of New Works committee. He has been a guest director for the Missoula Writers Colony and the Phoenix Theatre's New Play Festival and has been a reader and judge for numerous national new play contests and competitions. He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors' Equity Association, and the National Theatre Conference. He received the Perry F. Kendig Award in recognition of his efforts to champion the arts and was named the 1999 Citizen of the Year in Roanoke, Virginia.
Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers | Membership, 19 Nov 2001 [cached]
Jere Lee Hodgin, Director
NAMT -- staff&leadership, 8 July 2005 [cached]
Jere Hodgin - Extra stories -Theater official gives notice, takes Idaho job, 11 May 2005 [cached]
Jere Lee Hodgin will continue to work for Mill Mountain Theatre for the 2005-06 season.
Jere Lee Hodgin announced Tuesday he's stepping down as producing artistic director at Mill Mountain Theatre, which he's run for the past 19 years and the place he describes as his creative home.
He's giving the theater company significantly more than two weeks notice.
Hodgin, 58, will continue to work as artistic director at MMT for the 2005-06 season, directing three shows and overseeing the hiring of cast and crew members, while also commuting to his new job as associate professor of performance at the University of Idaho and as artistic director for the Idaho Repertory Theatre.After the MMT board of directors hires a new producing artistic director, Hodgin will live in Idaho full time.
For the record: Hodgin's love of spuds has nothing to do with the move.He's a low-carb guy.
"Jere's looking for a way to spread his artistic wings a bit," said Randy Mayes, the theater's managing director.
Hiring a new artistic producing director, Hodgin believes, will pump vitality into the theater company and give it a new vision.
For Hodgin, the move provides an opportunity to share his experience with the next generation's artists as well as to have more time to work on acting, play writing and freelance directing.
He'll also be closer to his two children, who both live on the West Coast.
Hodgin received the job offer about a week ago.He told the staff Tuesday morning.
"Usually it's fairly easy for me to speak in public," he said."This was the hardest thing to say."
Although he loved the work, Hodgin often found his job all-consuming, particularly in recent years.During the 2003-04 season, Hodgin stayed busy directing the grown-up play "The SantaLand Diaries" in the morning and "The Christmas Cup," a children's show, in the evenings.
Sitting on MMT's Waldron stage Tuesday afternoon, Hodgin talked of how Eugene O'Neill forced himself to take breaks from writing because he believed the human imagination required time to recharge."I'm looking for a little more lifestyle," he said.
Robert Caisley, assistant professor of theatre at the University of Idaho, had worked with Hodgin twice on the Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works.
Hodgin, he said, perfectly fit the bill of what they were looking for.
Hodgin guided Mill Mountain with its transition from a summer stock company to a year-round professional theater in the mid-1980s.He's produced more than 200 shows and directed more than 150 plays, operas and musicals.In 1987, he established the Norfolk Southern Festival of New Works, which stages new plays by artists such as Caisley.He's written and adapted a number of plays.In 1999, he was named Roanoke's Citizen of the Year.
Mill Mountain Theatre has struggled financially in the past several years.Hodgin told the board he planned to look for a job two years ago, but promised not to leave until the financial crisis passed.
"I think things are stable now," Hodgin said.
Mill Mountain made a good fit for Hodgin because he likes knowing the audience who see his shows.Long ago, he decided that he didn't want to be a New York theater bigwig.
The reason: the bag boy at Kroger who stops Hodgin to say his class went to see "Hamlet" at MMT and that he hadn't realized Shakespeare could be so cool.
Sometimes, Hodgin admitted, he sits in the audience of a show to watch the faces of the audience members."I've had these great opportunities of magic," he said.
Jere Lee Hodgin, professor ..., 9 April 2014 [cached]
Jere Lee Hodgin, professor and director/chair, University of Montana's School of Theatre and Dance, Missoula, MT
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