Artist Bio

Jefferson Mays

(Bio as of January 2005)

Jefferson Mays most recently appeared at the Goodman in I Am My Own Wife during the 2004/2005 Season. New York credits include I Am My Own Wife on Broadway and at Playwrights Horizons; Moe’s Lucky Seven at Playwrights Horizons; Lydie Breeze, Quills, and Culture of Desire at New York Theatre Workshop; Orestes at En Garde Arts; and Bella, Belle of Byelorussia at WPA. Regional credits include Rosencrantz and Guilden­stern Are Dead for the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Misalliance, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at Long Wharf; The Beauty Part at Yale Repertory; The Importance of Being Earnest, Not Suit­able for Children, and The Cherry Orchard at McCarter Theatre; Peter Pan, The Winter’s Tale, She Stoops to Conquer, The Woman in Black, The Lover, The Show-Off, Triumph of Love and Servant of Two Masters at Center Stage; 1 Am My Own Wife, Tartuffe, The Importance of Being Earnest, Fortinbras, Twelfth Night, Life During Wartime, and Macbeth at La Jolla Playhouse; Hamlet at San Diego Repertory; Miss Julie and Private Lives at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Outward Bound at Westport Country Playhouse; and I Am My Own Wife at About Face Theatre. Film and television credits include Alfie, Kinsey, The Ballad of Bettie Page, The Big Brass Ring, Cousin Bette, Liberty! (PBS), Low Life, Some Folks Call It a Slingblade, Hudson River Blues, Benjamin Franklin (PBS), and Grey Night. He won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Drama League Award for I Am My Own Wife in 2004; a Garland Award and a Patte Award for 1 Am My Own Wife in 2001; a Dramalogue Award for The Importance of Being Earnest at La Jolla Playhouse in 1997; and an Obie Award for Orestes at En Garde Arts in 1994. Mr. Mays received his B.A. from Yale Uni­versity and his M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.

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