Ph.D. Theatre—Performance/History/Theory expected, 2020  
with Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization Certificate (G.I.S.) in Disability Studies

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH     

Production Specialization in Dramaturgy  

Awarded multi-year Dean’s Distinguished University Fellowship 
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society (Academics)
M.A. Germanic Languages and Literatures - YASP program expected, 2020  

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH  

Research Area: Yiddish and Ashkenazic Studies (YASP), specializing in Yiddish Theatre  

Pursued as a Dual-Degree Concurrently with Ph.D. 
M.F.A. Directing 2014        

Baylor University, Waco, TX      

Magna Cum Laude  

Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society (Service)      

Golden Key National Honors Society (Academics)  


B.A. Individualized Studies: Dramatic Literature and Theory 2010      

Granite State College (University System of New Hampshire), Concord, NH          

Integrative Experience (Senior Project): Staging Elizabethan Theatre for the 21st Century      

Summa Cum Laude        

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honors Society (Academics)  

Delivered Student Graduation Address 
A.A. Liberal Arts: Theatre Option 2004      

Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA        

Magna Cum Laude  

Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Achievement  

Departmental Honors in Theatre, English, and Math  

OTHER EDUCATION (including multi-session workshops) 

The Story of the Yiddish Stage [online course, approx 4 weeks], 2018
YIVO Institute, New York

Vilnius Yiddish Summer Program, 4 wks, 2017  
Vilnius Yiddish Institute, Vilnius Universitat, Vilnius, Lithuania

World of Yiddish Theatre [online, approx 4 weeks], 2017
National Yiddish Book Center


Lessac Vocal & Body Kinesensics, 16 wks, 2014   
Marion Castleberry            


Clowning/Eccentric Performing, 1 wk, 2013
Avner Eisenberg / Julie Goell
Celebration Barn Center for Physical Theatre


Directing Observership, 2012

Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Steven Pounders

Baylor University


Production Respondent Training, 3 days, 2010

Wil Kilroy, Peggy-Rae Johnson

Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival


Directing Observership, 2009
Heartbreak House, directed by Gus Kaikkonen

Peterborough Players


National Critics Institute Workshop, 4 days, 2004

Dan Patterson
Eugene O’Neill Center/KCACTF 

© 2018 by John Michael Sefel. This website features photography by Jarod Tseng Photography, Kat Alee Photography, Brandi Sees Photography, and Andrea Stasio.

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