Jay Briggs has worked as a director, producer, educator, and administrator in various locations around the country, including stints in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. He is currently based in Greenville, South Carolina where he serves as the Director of Education & Community Engagement for The Warehouse Theatre. Before returning to the upstate to implement an education program at Mill Town Players (Pelzer, SC), he served as the Director of Education and Community Engagement at Mill Mountain Theatre (Roanoke, VA).
His directing includes productions at The Warehouse Theatre, Lean Ensemble Theater, Mill Mountain Theatre, Mill Town Players, HubBub Arts Center, and self-produced works with two companies he helped to found, Awesome Possum Theatre Symposium (Seattle, WA) and The Garage Ensemble (NYC). He has also collaborated on original productions and workshops with artists Lauren Ferebee, Steve Moulds, Emily Feldman, and Travis Kendrick, among others.
Jay has assisted a wide range of directors including Robert Moss, Kevin Moriarty, Marc Masterson, Sean Daniels, Arin Arbus, Andrew Leynse, and Pirronne Yousefzadeh. He was a directing intern at Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY), a member of the Hangar Theatre Lab Company (Ithaca, NY), a literary intern with The Civilians (NYC), and an Altvater artistic fellow with Cornerstone Theater (Los Angeles). He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in Acting from Elon University and MA in Theology and Culture with a concentration in Theology, Imagination, and the Arts from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology.
As an educator, he specializes in applied theatre partnerships including work with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble , Bridges to a Brighter Future’s college prep program, and Thrive Upstate’s Head and Spinal Cord Injury Acting on Impulse Theatre ensemble. He is also an occasional adjunct professor and guest artist in Theatre Arts at Furman University.
When he’s not balancing his various theatrical endeavors he enjoys obsessing over Tarheel basketball and all things MLB, laughing heartily with his wife Amanda, and continually honing the art of play alongside his kids, Cordelia and Sebastian.