Jeffrey Ballaro Biography
Mr. Ballaro has a rich background in theatre. He holds two degrees, a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and an M.A. in Journalism/Creative Writing from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. While residing in Charlotte, Mr. Ballaro most notably founded The Charlotte Conservatory Theatre, where he produced and directed shows using both child and adult actors and received Creative Loafing nominations for Best Actor, Best Director of a Musical, and Best Costumer. As an actor, his favorite roles include Mozart in Amadeus, Charlie in Flowers for Algernon, Lysander in Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bella Zangler in Crazy for You, and General Bullmoose in Lil’ Abner.
Mr. Ballaro worked as a talent agent and operated an acting studio associated with The Stone Talent Agency in Charlotte, NC. While at the agency, he place many child and adult actors in national commercials and films: Doritos, Fossil Watches, NBC movie of the week-Shake, Rattle and Roll, CBS movie of the week – Having Our Say, and The Patriot. He has been a guest artist, teacher and director in many different universities including, Winthrop University, Belmont Abbey College, Queens College, Johnson C. Smith University, and Barber Scotia College.
While residing in Thomaston, Georgia from 2001-2008, he founded a company for children and young adults entitled the Thomaston Junior Theatre, directing credits include: The House at Pooh Corner, Cinderella, Crazy for You, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Peter Pan, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Robin Hood and Lil’ Abner among others.
Mr. Ballaro also taught theatre and speech at West High in Knoxville. While at West, he served as an active member of the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League. He brought distinction to the school by directing students to win the following awards: Best One Act Award in the Region (2009), Best One Act Award in the State (2010), Best Student Actor in the State (2009) and Best Student Actress in the State (2010). At West he directed the following shows: Oklahoma, The Christmas Carol, The Good Doctor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Sugar Bean Sisters, Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced, Alice in Wonderland, and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. He also supervised many student-directed one act play productions including Check Please!, Chamber Music and A Young Lady of Property.