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Jeremiah Downes

Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

MM – Oklahoma City University
BFA – University of the Arts
Actors’ Equity Association

Professor Downes joined the faculty of West Virginia University in 2019, and he also currently serves as Director of Theatre at Wyoming Seminary's Summer at Sem Creative Arts program. A theatre artist, musician and educator he is equally at home in the worlds of music and theater. He spent over 15 years as a professional singing actor appearing on stage in leading roles, world premieres and alongside some of Broadway's finest both in New York and regionally. And, he's performed at a long list of clubs, concert halls and cabarets in New York and Philadelphia. Jeremiah served as headliner, music director and entertainment manager for three years at the Walnut Street Supper Club in center city Philadelphia where he was instrumental in its inception and development. He was the Founding Artistic Director of Philadelphia Music Theater Works where he successfully led the organization through a sold-out inaugural season and where he served as actor, director, producer and writer for various new musical initiatives.

His work as a songwriter includes; Highways and Daydreams, the musical adaptation of Richard Donner’s 1992 film Radio Flyer, Dancing As Fast As We Can and Seven. His songs have been performed by artists from the worlds of Broadway and commercial music. His songwriting was most recently produced at Farmers Alley Theatre, Jeremiah Downes & Friends: Live at Farmers Alley Theatre, with a recording to be released in spring 2019. A sought-after teacher, master class clinician and coach of vocal technique, song interpretation and performance, he continues to maintain a studio in New York City and Philadelphia where his clients have found success on Broadway, in film and on television, in opera houses and recording studios. Jeremiah is a graduate of Oklahoma City University and the University of the Arts. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association. For more: