Biography

photo by Laura Vidler, South Dakota Shakespeare Festival

Jeff Raab is a New York City-based theatre artist, musician, teaching artist, graphic designer, origami artist, and tends to immerse himself in whatever passions he discovers along the way.

As a performer, New York City credits include 12th Night, The Entropy Songs, Post No Bills: The Songs of Joshua H. Cohen, The Blue Aspic, staged readings at the York Theatre and Metropolitan Playhouse, and concerts at Town Hall, including as a featured soloist in Broadway’s Rising Stars and multiple editions of Broadway by the Year. His Regional/Tour credits include two seasons with the Texas Shakespeare Festival (roles including Sancho, Feste, Autolycus, Mordred), and productions with New Stage Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theater, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, South Dakota Shakespeare Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Round Barn Theater, ARC Stages, and Cohoes Music Hall.

Jeff is a songwriter and musician, having musical directed, written music and/or played in countless theatrical productions. including composing the award-winning score for Libra Theater Company’s critically acclaimed 12th Night (New York Innovative Theater Award – “Outstanding Original Music”). He has musical directed productions of THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, OUR TOWN, and musical directed/composed the award-winning score for Libra Theater Company’s 12th NIGHT (NY Innovative Theater Award – Outstanding Original Music). He has also performed on multiple instruments and sung with bands in New York and California.

As an educational theater teaching artist, Jeff teaches regularly through the educational wing of ARC Stages, including acting, voice/speech/dialects, movement, and directing students in full-length productions. He has also taught through Inside Broadway in New York City, and at the White Plains Performing Arts Center, Lighthouse Youth Theater, Westchester Broadway Theater, New Generation Theatre, and the South Dakota and Texas Shakespeare Festivals. Jeff is currently in Australia, teaching Drama and devising original student performances for Burgh Healthy Hub in Helensburgh, New South Wales.

In 2010, Jeff co-founded Libra Theater Company, a non-profit theater based in New York City dedicated to mounting quality New York productions while honoring the commitments of our artists. Jeff served as their Literary Director until 2013, and he has been creatively involved with many of their productions. He has also worked administratively with Off-Broadway’s York Theatre and Classic Stage Company.

In addition to his pursuits as a performing artist, Jeff is a freelance graphic designer, specializing in theatrical promotional materials, and an origami artist and teacher through Taro’s Origami Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Jeff is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance (Musical Theatre) and the Professional Training Program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. He is a practitioner of the Miller Voice Method, having studied with and shadow-taught at New York University alongside founder Scott Miller, and he trained circus arts in the Intensive Program at Circus Warehouse.