Creative Director / Producer
Over a career that has spanned 40+ years, Jeff Lee has worked as an actor, singer, dancer, production manager, writer, director, & producer in several entertainment mediums in the U.S. & internationally including Broadway, off-Broadway, regional & touring theatre; film; television; video; & arena concerts.
For the past two decades, Jeff served as Staff Associate Director / Director of Concerts & Special Events for Disney Theatrical Productions. As Associate Director to Bob Crowley, he mounted Disney’s Broadway production of TARZAN, then directing re-imagined productions of the show in Holland and Germany. As Associate Director to Julie Taymor for Disney’s THE LION KING, Jeff mounted the original Broadway production, then directing companies of the show in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Nagoya; London; Toronto; Los Angeles; Chicago; U.S. Touring Companies; Hamburg, Germany; and Sydney, Australia.
On behalf of DTP, Jeff was the Associate Producer on a new production of THE LITTLE MERMAID, working closely with primary producer and long-time partner of DTP, Stage Entertainment. Multiple productions of THE LITTLE MERMAID opened in Holland, Moscow, & Tokyo. Their success has them booked well into 2020.
Now leading a new department at Disney Theatrical, Jeff conceives, stages, & produces their concerts & special events. This includes managing a synergistic relationship with Disney Cruise Lines, Disney Vacation Club, & the Disney Parks & Resorts. He oversees concert versions of Disney On Broadway material that perform onboard the ships, appear in the parks, & make worldwide appearances with some of the most prominent symphonies in the world. Jeff’s recent DISNEY’S BROADWAY HITS at the Royal Albert Hall presented 10 Broadway & West End musical theatre stars along with special guest Alan Menken, & was supported by an 80-member choir & the BBC Concert Orchestra. Filmed on 4K, this live, one-night event airs on SkyArts & is streaming on Broadway HD.
As Creative Director/Producer of JL|P (Jeff Lee Productions), Jeff has multiple projects in development for the theatrical stage, film, & concert arenas. A multi-show collaboration with Emmy, Grammy, & Tony Nominated Composer, Frank Wildhorn, promises several shows in the very near future.
With co-producer, Karen Berry (L&L Prods.), Jeff co-produced, directed, & introduced THE SONG OF SINGAPORE to the off loop Chicago theatre market, building a new 350-seat theatre, restaurant, and bar. Also in cooperation with Ms. Berry, and new partner Todd Lacy, Jeff formed lonesome road productions, producing the critically-acclaimed Chicago & Denver companies of the long-running Nashville hit, THE DOYLE & DEBBIE SHOW.
Jeff was Associate Director for Broadway’s CATS, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and the one-woman play, SHIRLEY VALENTINE. While supervising the U.S. Companies of CATS, he directed productions of that show in Mexico City and Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2 U.S. Touring Companies of JOSEPH...; & multiple productions of SHIRLEY VALENTINE in the U.S. & Canada, which starred such names as Ellen Burstyn, Loretta Swit, Millicent Martin, and Helen Reddy.
His freelance career has provided him the opportunity to direct several new plays & unique projects such as the world premiere of the contemporary farce, TRANSFERENCE, at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago, Illinois; PANIC and FINAL CURTAIN for Zev Bufman’s International Mystery Writer’s Festival at the RiverPark Center in Kentucky; and Thomas P. Carr’s, GETTING TO KNOW YOU, which opened at the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, Ohio, 2004. In that same year, he directed the critically-acclaimed 25th Anniversary production of BLEACHER BUMS at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago. Jeff directed the first annual PBS Broadcast of the Angie Awards Ceremony for the International Mystery Writer’s Festival. His arena spectacular, MORTAL KOMBAT, extended beyond North America to South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
During his time as Artistic Director of The North Carolina Theatre, Jeff directed their highly-acclaimed productions of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE KING & I, MAN OF LA MANCHA, and A CHORUS LINE, while artistically over-seeing productions of CHICAGO, GEORGE M, and GREASE. Jeff continues to sit on the Artistic Advisory Board of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, D.C. where for many years he maintained a regular directorial schedule for their repertory company, mounting productions of John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH, Harold Pinter’s MOUNTAIN LANGUAGE, as well as several British and French farces.
Beginning his education at the University of Wyoming, Jeff continued his studies at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Departments of the Yale School of Drama and the Columbia University School of Arts - Theatre Division. As time allows, Jeff continues to lecture and conduct seminars in professional theatre at select universities and arts schools around the U.S.
STEVEN C. CALLAHAN
17 years as General Manger of The Lincoln Center Theater
6 years as Associate to Marvin A. Krauss, Producer / General Manager
- BROADWAY/OFF-BROADWAY Lincoln Center Theater -
MOSTLY SONDHEIM / Gen. Mgr. / Jan 14, 2002 - Aug 25, 2002
QED / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 18, 2001 - Jun 20, 2002
THOU SHALT NOT / Gen. Mgr. / Oct 25, 2001 - Jan 6, 2002
THE INVENTION OF LOVE / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 29, 2001 - Jun 30, 2001
MATTERS OF THE HEART / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 13, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000
ROSE / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 12, 2000 - May 20, 2000
CONTACT / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 30, 2000 - Sep 1, 2002
MARIE CHRISTINE / Gen. Mgr. / Dec 2, 1999 - Jan 9, 2000
MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 22, 1999 - Jan 10, 2000
RING ROUND THE MOON / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 28, 1999 - Jun 27, 1999
VIA DOLOROSA / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 18, 1999 - Jun 13, 1999
PARADE / Gen. Mgr. / Dec 17, 1998 - Feb 28, 1999
TWELFTH NIGHT / Gen. Mgr. / Jul 16, 1998 - Aug 30, 1998
AH, WILDERNESS! / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 18, 1998 - May 3, 1998
IVANOV / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 20, 1997 - Jan 4, 1998
THE LITTLE FOXES / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 27, 1997 - Jun 15, 1997
AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 13, 1997 - Jun 29, 1997
JUAN DARIEN / Gen. Mgr. /Nov 24, 1996 - Jan 5, 1997
IT'S A SLIPPERY SLOPE / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 10, 1996 - Jan 6, 1997
SEX AND LONGING / Gen. Mgr. / Oct 10, 1996 - Nov 17, 1996
A DELICATE BALANCE / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 21, 1996 - Sep 29, 1996
RACING DEMON / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 20, 1995 - Dec 31, 1995
CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD / Gen. Mgr. / Jun 15, 1995 - Jul 16, 1995
ARCADIA / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 30, 1995 - Aug 27, 1995
THE HEIRESS / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 9, 1995 - Dec 31, 1995
GRAY'S ANATOMY / Gen. Mgr. / Jun 5, 1994 - Jun 27, 1994
CAROUSEL / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 24, 1994 - Jan 15, 1995
ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 29, 1993 - Jan 2, 1994
GRAY'S ANATOMY / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 28, 1993 - Jan 3, 1994
IN THE SUMMER HOUSE / Gen. Mgr. / Aug 1, 1993 - Aug 22, 1993
THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 18, 1993 - Jul 16, 1994
MY FAVORITE YEAR / Gen. Mgr. / Dec 10, 1992 - Jan 10, 1993
FOUR BABBOONS ADORING THE SUN / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 18, 1992 - Apr 19, 1992
THE MOST HAPPY FELLA / Gen. Mgr. / Feb 13, 1992 - Aug 30, 1992
TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS / Gen. Mgr. / Jan 16, 1992 - Feb 9, 1992
MULE BONE / Gen. Mgr. / Feb 14, 1991 - Apr 14, 1991
MONSTER IN A BOX / Gen. Mgr. / Jan 21, 1991 - [unknown]
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 8, 1990 - Jan 5, 1992
SOME AMERICANS ABROAD / Gen. Mgr. / May 2, 1990 - Jun 17, 1990
THE TENTH MAN / Gen. Mgr. / Dec 10, 1989 - Jan 14, 1990
SPEED-THE-PLOW / Gen. Mgr. / May 3, 1988 - Dec 31, 1988
SARAFINA! / Gen. Mgr. / Jan 28, 1988 - Jul 2, 1989
ANYTHING GOES / Gen. Mgr. / Oct 19, 1987 - Sep 3, 1989
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS / Gen. Mgr. / May 31, 1987 - Jul 26, 1987
THE REGARD OF FLIGHT / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 12, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
DEATH AND THE KING'S HORSEMAN / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 1, 1987 - Mar 29, 1987
THE FRONT PAGE / Gen. Mgr. / Nov 23, 1986 - Jan 11, 1987
THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 29, 1986 - Mar 15, 1987
THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS " JUGGLING AND CHEAP THEATRICS" / Gen. Mgr. / Apr 1, 1986 - Apr 20, 1986
- BROADWAY Independent -
THE RINK / Gen. Mgr. / Feb 9, 1984 - Aug 4, 1984
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES / Gen. Mgr. / Aug 21, 1983 - Nov 15, 1987
AZANAVOUR / Gen. Mgr. / Mar 14, 1983 - Mar 26, 1983
MERLIN / Gen. Mgr. / Feb 13, 1983 - Aug 7, 1983
DREAMGIRLS / Gen. Mgr. / Dec 20, 1981 - Aug 11, 1985
FRANKENSTEIN / Gen. Mgr. / Jan 4, 1981 - Jan 4, 1981
Mathias Sanders is a local of New York, Zurich, Hamburg and Berlin.
At a young age he began studying the craft of acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York. It was there that he met his mentor Elizabeth Kemp. He subsequently received his MFA from the Actor's Studio Drama School, again studying with Kemp.
Soon after, his career brought him to Europe where he played leading roles in theaters across Germany and Switzerland: KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN, TITANIC, CATS, 3 MUSKETEERS, LES MISERABLES, MARTIN L., THE NORMAL HEART, and DISNEY'S TARZAN. His US theatre credits include CHILD OF GOD (NY), RAGS, IT'S CALLED THE SUGAR PLUM (NY), THE MAN OF THE HOUR (NY) and TRAPPER (NY).
Feature film credits include: RETURN TO MONTAUK (directed by Volker Schlöndorff and starring Stellan Skarsgard) and FORGET ABOUT NICK (directed by Margarethe von Trotta).
Short films: SHE, OUTLAW, NOBODY BUT US.
TV: ANOTHER WORLD, AS THE WORLD TURNS, PULP COMICS, DIFFICULT PEOPLE.
At the end of his tenure with DISNEY'S TARZAN, he was asked by associate director Jeff Lee to assist him in mounting the new production in Stuttgart/Germany in 2013. When, in 2016, the show was recreated with an entirely new set in Oberhausen/Germany, Mathias was onboard again.
In 2013 he produced and directed a staged reading of THE NORMAL HEART in Hamburg/Germany.
He has been working with Jeff Lee Productions since the end of 2016.