For Children and Parents to Enjoy Together

Roving and Family Stage Performances 

Jef at the North Carolina Turkey Festival

Two boys playing human ring toss at Merlefest.

What does he do?

 Whether onstage or roving, Jef is a quiet kind of guy. He juggles and balances things. He gets confused at times. (Sometimes he even forgets what his hat is for!) He involves his audience members to help him when he's confused and to play along with his mime, mask, and variety arts shenanigans. He even leads sing-a-longs!   

Jef spinning a plate at the Ocrafolk Festival.  Photo by Clayton Gaskill.

Where has he been?

 Jef shares his work at fairs and festivals.  He has performed at such places as Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC; Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC; the Very Special Arts Festival in Pembroke, NC; and The Children's Festival in Hampton, VA. 

Jef juggling  clubs at Merlefest.  Photo by George Loudon.

How did he get here?

  Jef studied mime with C.W. Metcalf and Tony Montanaro with brief instruction with Jacques Lecoq.  For 17 years he performed as  a member of TOUCH, North Carolina's premier mime theater.  He then created the mascot, Wool E. Bull, for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club and began performing with his juggling partner, Ken Kay, as Ken & Jef.  Since Ken retired, Jef  has performed solo, captivating children and families throughout the South. 

What do they say about Jef?

Jane Lonon, Ashe County Arts Council

Jef roving the festival site at Autumn Jubilee.  Photo by John C. Lakey.

"Thanks so much for being part of this year's Christmas in July Festival.  You're the best!  I appreciate your innate ability to work the crowd...how you zero in on the child who needs a lift...how unbelievably funny and fun you are...and how focused and talented and creative you are with your routines.  Thank you for sharing!"

Parker, Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary, Charleston

Audience members playing bells at the Robeson County Christmas Show.

"Thank you for coming to Ashley River!  I had a great time.  Your show was just like recess!"

Myra & Corrin, American Dance Festival, Durham

Jef roving the festival site at the Ocrafolk Festival.  Photo by Ann Ehringhaus.

"Thank your so much for performing at our Community Day!  The kids so enjoyed your show, and we thought it was an absolute blast!"

Jef Teaches

  

As a Teaching Artist

Because of his specialized training in styles of movement theater, Jef shares workshops, master classes and residencies in mime, theater mask, circus arts, ensemble techniques,  Commedia dell'arte, melodrama, theater style and creating/devising theater at schools, universities, conferences and events throughout the Southeast, including: Department of Dramatic Art, UNC- Pembroke, Pembroke, NC; Department of Theater and Dance, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; Drama Department, Duke University, Durham, NC; Drama Department, Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC; International Festival of Mime and Pantomime, Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta Mime Festival; Southeastern Regional Mime Festival, Greensboro, NC; International Thespian Festival, Muncie, IN; Southeastern Theater Conferences; North Carolina Theatre Conferences; Stanly Co. High School, Albemarle, NC; The Community Youth Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC; Ashe County Middle School, Jefferson, NC; Children's Summer Theatre Workshop, Oriental, NC; YouTheatre at Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC; the South Carolina Children’s Theater in Greenville, SC; Pine Street Elementary in Spartanburg, SC; Southside Middle School in Florence, SC; Philip Simmons Middle School in Wando, SC; MC Riley Elementary in Bluffton, SC; and the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in Charleston, SC.


As an Arts Integration Specialist

Jef became interested in Arts Integration and its educational possibilities around the turn of the century. He began his individual study of this style of teaching and began implementing it in his own work.


In 2005 he became a North Carolina A+ Fellow, and through that program he is continually trained not only in the latest techniques and understandings of arts integration, but also the use of Multiple Intelligences, teaching techniques, neuroscience and all around arts education.


In 2010 he attended the Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Workshop in which he was exposed to world-class professional development exploring the arts, imagination and inquiry.


He has continued his studies with a focus lately on the use of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences in relation to arts education, pre-performance routines for educational endeavors, and what goes on in our brains while we do art. Lately Jef has been studying formative and summative evaluations of arts education programs.


Because of this specialized training and ongoing study, Jef shares workshops in arts integration and arts education with teachers in North and South Carolina as well as Iowa, Alabama and Texas. He has also presented workshops at the Palmetto State Arts Education Conferences in South Carolina; ArtsR4Life Conferences in Raleigh, NC; the South Carolina STEM/STEAM Conference in Spartanburg, SC; the MUSE Machine Summer Institute at the Chapman Center in Spartanburg, SC; the A+ National Conference in Raleigh, NC; and he was the keynote speaker and workshop provider at the Charleston County Arts Education Conference in 2017. He is also a member of the Higher Education Task Force of the Arts Education Partnership (currently examining pre-service learning in arts integration at our universities).

Students at Southside Middle School in Florence, SC, explore mask characters.

Students at Southside Middle School in Florence, SC, explore mask characters.

Where is Jef?

March 21-23, 2019

North Carolina Thespian Conference

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

McIver Education Center, 1401 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC, 27405, US

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March 21-23, 2019

North Carolina Thespian Conference

Teaching mime, circus arts, theater mask, and commedia del'arte.

11:00 am - 5:30 pm

McIver Education Center, 1401 Summit Ave, Greensboro, NC, 27405, US

April 5 & 6, 2019

Ashe County Arts Council's Very Special Arts Festival (5th) and SpringFest (6th)

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Early Learning Center 409 School Ave, West Jefferson, NC 28694

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April 5 & 6, 2019

Ashe County Arts Council's Very Special Arts Festival (5th) and SpringFest (6th)

Roving  Performances 

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Early Learning Center 409 School Ave, West Jefferson, NC 28694

April 13, 2019

North Carolina Gravity Games

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Downtown Lenoir, NC

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April 13, 2019

North Carolina Gravity Games

Roving performances.  The Gravity Games are an opportunity for students to engage with STEM in a fun and hands-on way, as they design and build gravity-powered cars, then race them through the streets of Lenoir. 

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Downtown Lenoir, NC

April 17/18, 2019

Gates County Senior High School, school performances and workshops

All day

Gates County Senior High School, 88 US-158, Gatesville, NC 27938

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April 17/18, 2019

Gates County Senior High School, school performances and workshops

Stage performances and workshops for high school students.

All day

Gates County Senior High School, 88 US-158, Gatesville, NC 27938

Still more Where is Jef?

April 26-28, 2019

Merlefest

Times vary each day

Wilkes Community College, 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697

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April 26-28, 2019

Merlefest

Roving performances as well as Stage performances on the Little Pickers Stage.  MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. They are about the MUSIC, MOMENTS and MEMORIES! 

Times vary each day

Wilkes Community College, 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697

May 4, 2019

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

345 N White St, Fort Mill, SC 29715

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May 4, 2019

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

Roving and Stage Performances.  The South Carolina Strawberry Festival is Fort Mill's welcome to spring where you will spend the week enjoying the sweet taste of our homegrown sun-kissed strawberries. This year they are celebrating their 10th Anniversary! 

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

345 N White St, Fort Mill, SC 29715

May 11, 2019

Creativity Training for Early Educators

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street Spartanburg, SC 29306

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May 11, 2019

Creativity Training for Early Educators

 Chapman Cultural Center is offering this workshop for early childhood educators. Creativity: The Missing Piece will focus on using drama/theater and visual art to enhance learning for children in pre-school classrooms. The workshop is approved for professional development by the CENTER FOR CHILDCARE CAREER DEVELOPMENT of SC DSS and is free with registration to First Steps Instructors. This training is made possible by a generous grant from Mary Black Foundation 

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Chapman Cultural Center, 200 East Saint John Street Spartanburg, SC 29306

May 18, 2019

Waxhaw Kaleidoscope Fest

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Downtown Waxhaw, NC

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May 18, 2019

Waxhaw Kaleidoscope Fest

 Kaleidoscope Fest is a Food, Music and Art Festival.  It is the goal of this festival to promote Waxhaw’s culture and all things art in Waxhaw from fine arts and crafts, to the performing arts, and the culinary arts featuring food bites from Waxhaw area restaurants. 

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Downtown Waxhaw, NC

Contact Me

Get in Touch!

Want to find out more about my performing or teaching?

Are you planning a special event? Are you having a professional development opportunity for your faculty members? Send me a message about your plans, and I will get back to you soon!

Jef Lambdin aka Jef the mime

P.O. Box 3331, Lumberton, NC 28359

910-738-8179 woole@mindspring.com