Jeffrey Holmes has been involved with theatre, since the age of eleven, when he portrayed the tallest munchkin to date. According to Jeffrey, "The bug bit me and I have been involved the the ARTS in some capacity throughout my life. Theatre has given me a sense of purpose and a feeling that can be compared to the rush of a thrilling roller coaster ride."
Working professionally, and having some substantial success, made Jeffrey want to operate the ARTS coaster, allowing others to experience the thrills. He is most proud of Striplight Community Theatre, in his hometown of Weirton Wv. Once, a thriving steel town, Jeffrey says his childhood was fantastic. Unfortunately, the crash of Weirton Steel hit the community hard. Drugs were really affecting the youth, and his cousin was taken too soon. Ashley was an avid theatre lover and was to perform in their first musical, Gypsy. She passed before she had the chance. Jeffrey and his brother remember her through the company and The Ashley Marie Playhouse. They introduced many programs that bring more positive influences to the tri-states youth. Jeffrey enjoyed directing and managing the theatre. Allowing a safe creative space to be enjoyed by the community and he says will fill his heart forever.
"The theatre lives on with my brother and community members constantly rallying and reinventing the craft. Theatre is my air and I am alive because of it's healing powers." Jeffrey shared with us as he prepared for his role in Funny Money. This is Jeffrey's first production in Florida and we are thrilled to have him on the SPCT stage!