Jerry was stage-struck performing in a seventh grade one-act. He picked up the stage bug again in high school even to the sacrifice of his wrestling career (13 losses, of which 10 were pins). In 1977, he stumbled upon the Hayes-Marshal School of Theatre Arts in Portland. With the Lecoq-based school Jerry was to drawn to theatre's physical aspects Jerry has designed and directed the following at Imago Theater - Phoenicians in the House, Samuel's Major Problems, Symphony of Rats, Half Light, Dead End Ed, No Exit, Blood Wedding Blood Wedding and The Imaginary Invalid. He has staged work for Portland Center Stage, The Portland Opera, and The Oregon Symphony as choreographer, puppet play designer, and writer/director. His excursions into experimental work led to his direction and design of two Richard Foreman plays - Samuel's Major Problems and Symphony of Rats. His commissions include Macy's Passort '95 in San Francisco, The Vancouver School for Arts and Academics, and Jefferson High School. Jerry has been recipient of Oregon Arts Commission Fellowships, The Portland Civic Theater Fellowship and Drammy Awards for Best Actor, Best Set, Best Choreography and Best Original Play.

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