Jeffery Lyle Segal is a multifaceted theater artist who has worn {many professional} hats. He began as a musical theater performer in his teenagers. He attended Stanford U., Northwestern College, and SUNY at Binghamton to review performing, directing and dramatic literature. He additionally wrote theater critiques for The Stanford Day by day and was Arts Editor of WNUR Radio at Northwestern. After faculty, he’s proud to have been the primary full time Govt Director of Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Firm. He left them to work as a theater actor and director.

His particular results make-up expertise acquired him into the films, engaged on the seminal cult horror movie, Re-Animator.He additionally did casting for a number of vital Chicago initiatives, typically carrying each manufacturing hats, as he did on Chicago’s most well-known unbiased film, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Whereas residing in Los Angeles, he joined the Academy for New Musical Theater, the place he developed two e-book musicals as a composer, lyricist and librettist, All the way down to Earth Woman (previously I Come for Love, NYMF 2008), and Scandalous Habits! (York Developmental Studying Sequence 2010). He wrote, produced and carried out his track “Ceaselessly Mine” as the top title theme of the horror movie, Trapped! He additionally has written songs for his performances in cabaret through the years, and the time he spent pursuing nation music in Nashville. Most lately he created a musical revue, Mating the Musical, for the Chicago Musical Theater Competition 2016. In NYC, he has attended the BMI musical theater writers’ workshop, and the Industrial Theater Institute 14 week producer program.

He’s presently creating an organization to develop new musicals on-line. He nonetheless retains up his make-up chops, working with high medical doctors in NYC and Chicago as one of many nation’s most extremely regarded everlasting beauty artists (www.bestpermanentmakeup.com) and as a member of Chicago native IATSE 476. www.jefferylylesegal.com

Jeffery Lyle Segal

T2C: How are you coping with house containment the place you reside?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: Life normally pulls us in so many instructions, we don’t all the time sustain with staple items like e-book conserving, training a musical instrument, or studying a brand new ability.  I’ve been significantly challenged discovering time to work on my musical theater writing initiatives. So I’ve been grateful for the additional time to place my life so as, and I’m glad my creative initiatives fill me with a way of objective. 

Scandalous Habits!

T2C: What would you say is the distinction of being in self lock down between NY and the place you reside?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: Chicago is a robust, sane, stunning metropolis.  But it surely has a really completely different gestalt than New York.  It’s by no means been as loopy on the floor.  We’ve by no means needed to dwell in such tight quarters. It doesn’t pulse as if it longs to burst its seams each second. Every metropolis has a kind of vitality of its personal, Chicago’s is one in all quiet power and consistency. So the practically empty streets and eerie sense of calm right here don’t appear practically as odd to me as maybe they need to. New York all the time has felt like town of boundless vitality and limitless prospects. I miss strolling down the streets of New York, questioning what new journey lies earlier than me. I miss being in  place the place hearts, souls, and abilities collide like atoms in a nuclear accelerator, creating bursts of artistic and emotional vitality which are hardly ever seen elsewhere.  

T2C: What have you ever been capable of accomplish on this time?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: I’m clearing out previous paperwork, and attempting to downsize a bit bodily.  In order that feels good. Most significantly, I’ve had the psychological readability and freedom from different pressures so I can deal with my artistic initiatives. My writing associate, Terrence Atkins, and I are virtually executed rewriting the e-book of our musical, “I Come For Love.”  It has been effectively acquired in a number of festivals and readings, together with NYMF.  Our story of a lovelorn alien lady who crashes at Roswell in 1947, and overcomes concern and prejudice along with her message of affection and acceptance, is especially related for at present’s troubled occasions.  

Joe Barbara as Scoop and Jodi Langel as 9-Zero in I Come for Love at NYMF 2008

T2C: What has this time stopped you from engaging in?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: After a few years of not touring outdoors the nation, I used to be gearing as much as see the world. Now I’m caught with journey movies.

My father died this week at his assisted residing facility in Seattle, and COVID saved me from becoming a member of my mom and sister there to be with him in his ultimate days. That was very onerous.    

Like all theater producers and writers, my onstage initiatives are on maintain.  All of us theater creators are staring right into a black gap of uncertainty.  As soon as my initiatives are able to go, the query is: The place will they go? How will they be carried out, and by whom? The excellent news is that it has pressured me to assume outdoors of the field, and look extra at the way forward for efficiency on-line.

My companies as a make-up artist in movie, and doing everlasting (tattooed) cosmetics, are additionally on maintain till safer protocols are developed for working in such shut proximity. I additionally began performing as a stage hypnotist final yr and now there aren’t any audiences. So I’m holding my breath, together with everybody else who is dependent upon dwell interplay for a residing.

Most of all, I really want a hug.  COVID has taken the enjoyable out of being single.

Jeffery Lyle Segal

T2C: What sort of feelings does this time bringing out of you?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: Staring continually on the  tv and the web typically makes me really feel a step faraway from actual life. In a humorous manner,  I’m much less panicked typically  than I should be, and really feel at occasions prefer it actually isn’t taking place to me. Then the fact sinks in. 

After all, I really feel deeply for individuals who have misplaced family members to this pandemic, or suffered themselves.  It has by no means been extra vital to succeed in out to these near us, even when solely over Zoom or Skype, and preserve our sense of group.

T2C: For those who have been to equate this time to a track or track cycle what wouldn’t it be? 

Jeffery Lyle Segal: Twenty years in the past, I wrote a track in Nashville with Sandy Merrill referred to as “How the Robust Survive,” which Reba held for a yr earlier than in the end deciding to not report it. However we’ve got nice demo sung by Katherine Craig. That track might be the theme track for this complete pandemic. I additionally hold pondering again to Garth Brook’s first hit, “If Tomorrow By no means Comes.” The message of that track is that you simply by no means know what’s going to occur. So don’t miss the prospect to inform the folks you’re keen on how you’re feeling. That’s so vital proper now.

T2C: What message would you want to provide the world proper now?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: The message I might ship to the world now’s: Do what you should do at present to ensure you see one other tomorrow. Don’t be in a rush to get again on the market, if it means one other wave of viral deaths.  America was best after we have been keen to behave as a cohesive group, and sacrifice our particular person wishes for the frequent good, as we did throughout WWII after we needed to ration sure issues. Now isn’t the time to be egocentric.

T2C: What’s the very first thing you’ll do after we are not self quarantined? 

Jeffery Lyle Segal: Purchase a ticket to the theater. Be in a room stuffed with people who find themselves laughing, crying or each…however doing it collectively!

Jeffery Lyle Segal

T2C: What are the issues which are getting you thru this time?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: Seth Rudetsky’s Stars within the Home sequence with Broadway’s high performers sharing their abilities from house. The current Sondheim 90th birthday celebration celebration, additionally with stars performing up shut, private and displaying their naked bones expertise. Theatrical Sources Limitless’s weekly Zoom occasions speaking about producing subjects. Simply listening to the voices and seeing the faces of the others on the market within the wilderness, and realizing I’m not alone.

Jeffery Lyle Segal

T2C: What haven’t we requested you that you simply wish to say?

Jeffery Lyle Segal: I could effectively have had the coronavirus once I final visited NYC in February. I got here to NYC from Chicago with a dry cough like I had by no means skilled, though I had no different signs. After three weeks it went away. I went again in Chicago, and I used to be advantageous ultimately. On the time I assumed it was one thing else, however now I ponder. If it was the coronavirus, I’m grateful that I got here by it with no unwell after results.  However unpredictability of this illness leaves me nonetheless nervous and unsettled. I’m nonetheless deeply saddened by others who’ve suffered a lot. Seeing the unhappy sequence of bodily blows dealt by the virus to the gifted and dynamic Broadway performer, Nick Cordero, I fear extra now about surviving the illness than succumbing to it.  

I’m reminded of the road in August: Osage County which matches one thing like, “If we knew what was going to occur after we acquired up within the morning, we’d by no means get off the bed.”  

We’d like performs and tales and songs and occasions that remind us what we’re residing for.  So I’m going to maintain creating mine, and I stay up for see what this has impressed in different creators as effectively. 





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