Jeffrey Koep, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre
Jeff Koep is currently Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a position he has held since 1995. From 1989 until 1995 he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre. In 2001/2002 Dr. Koep served for over a year as Interim Dean of the UNLV Honors College concurrently with his service as Dean of Fine Arts.
Off-campus, he served as: an Administrative member for Landscape Architecture (LAAB) Accreditation teams; a National Committee member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for 25 years including 3 years as National Chair; a consultant for many prominent universities; and, field reader/panelist for the Javits Foundation.
A few of the many Boards he serves include: Liberace Foundation National Board ; National Partners-American Theatre (Co-Founder/former Chair); Society of American Fight Directors (Chair); Green Architecture Foundation (Secretary); DiPalma Forum for Public Television (Director); Las Vegas Music Festival; and, Sarajevo (Bosnia) Music Festival, to name a few.
He has directed over 300 productions during his career. Highlights include: producing/directing "Captain Bly Around the World" for PBS; the Midwest premiere of "Bent", the premiere of George Fischoff’s "Promised Land" that played in a variety of theatres in NYC for 5 years, and all but 7 of the plays in the canon of Shakespeare’s work. Recent directing includes "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Come Back Little Sheba" both for Nevada Conservatory Theatre. Acting credits include Cardinal Wolsey in "A Man for All Seasons", Lenny in "Of Mice and Men" (both for Nevada Conservatory Theatre), Frosch in "Die Fledermaus" and serving as Narrator for the Dean Gronemeier’s acclaimed percussion piece "Creation" during its tour of Australia. He has also been featured in television, film, and commercial work including a portrayal of Henry VIII in a PBS special.
Selected honors include: Two John F. Kennedy Center Gold Medallions for Contributions to Excellence in the Theatre; Paddy Crean Award for contributions to stage fight direction; Outstanding Teacher of the Year from Central States Speech Association; Outstanding Adjudicator Award from Southwest Theatre Association; Medallion for Outstanding Contributions to Education presented by Clark County (Nevada) School District; and, North Carolina Playwrights’ Center Distinguished Service Award presented by Governor Jim Martin.
In 2008, Dr. Koep was elected to, and inducted into, the College of Fellows of American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.