Jeffrey Golde, Chief Actualizer and Player
Having grown up surrounded by classical music Jeffrey brings his sharply tuned ear to the company. He never heard any music but Classical until he was 12 at which point the floodgates opened and a world of diverse musics began coming into contact with his ear. Beginning with Barbara Streisend and Neil Diamond duets led to Bryan Adams' Canadian rock. A crush opened up a world of '50s and '60s pop classics and shortly after heavier fare like Led Zepplin and learning how to dance led him to the world of jazz. This story of course leads directly to Jeffrey's involvement in theatre. Somewhere along the line, his love of jazz, swing music and pursuit of a History degree led to hosting an NPR style radio show. Now lest you think all Jeffrey has thrown into the pot is music, you should note that he plays and usually injures himself playing baseball, basketball and all sorts of sports. He also majored in History and throws into the pot an interest in comic books, food and following developments in technology.
With all these elements at play in the soup that makes up Jeffrey, it was the addition of ballroom dance that the first theatrical notions began entering his head. Defying all logic, he made the finale of his senior college piano recital a 10 min dance/theater number choreographed to Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller. Eventually he found himself in Washington DC working for public television and radio in marketing and advertising. It was there he finally started pursuing an itch he had to scratch in acting. Lucky for him, co-founder Julia Stemper also worked in DC and through a mutual friend shoved him into the theatre pot head first. 3 years later after working in community theatre and helping to found with Julia a company in DC, Jeffrey left for England to pursue his new found love of theatre. Three years in New York, a tour of the US and an off-Broadway performance, not to mention having the opportunity to teach, struggle with the life of an artist and to meet the woman he would marry, Jeffrey has never been more excited then to throw all this into the Stone Soup Shakespeare pot to find out what all these experiences combined with those of other talented artists and a willing community will produce.