I was born in Great Falls Montana at the age of zero. I have spent a lifetime steeped in the Arts; first as an actor and a singer, then teaching Theatre Arts, and now painting. And always, always there was poetry.
As a teenager, I fell in love with girls and acting. The acting went well.
I was also fortunate to have an impressive singing voice, which opened many stage doors, including an apprenticeship at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
In time, I joined the National Touring Company of Fiddler on the Roof, followed by The Hedgerow Repertory Theatre in Philadelphia as resident set designer and leading man, and numerous musicals including 300 performances as Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha. Moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s also provided me with voiceover work dubbing films and television. A highlight was dubbing the voice of the villainous Bishop in Ingmar Bergman’s five-hour epic, Fanny and Alexander.
A well-known hazard of pursuing an acting career is starvation. I’ve been down to pocket change pooled with fellow aspiring actors sharing a 5th floor walkup in New York City. Eventually though, the years spent designing and building sets in repertory and regional theatres rescued me. By the time I reached L.A., I had become an accomplished carpenter, and the building projects I did for many Hollywood notables staved off hunger.
After many years onstage, I joined the Theatre Arts faculty at a prestigious Los Angeles private high school where for more than a quarter century, I designed and directed more than 75 productions as an Advanced Acting and Stagecraft teacher. What a wonderful gig it was, making Art with kids all day!
I now live in the East Mountains of New Mexico, where I now have the time and freedom to pursue my early passions – painting and writing poetry.
Be warned, I’m tossing in a commercial here. My paintings show in Santa Fe galleries as well as several galleries in Albuquerque. My portfolio can be viewed at my website at www.jeffwarrenartist.com.
This book is a compilation of some of my poems written across many years. They are my thoughts about love and love lost, apostasy to whimsy. Some subjects are fanciful, others iconoclastic. You may even find an erotic one or three. Each poem expresses a moment, a thought or a dream in my life when I was so moved by love, tears, anger or laughter that I felt compelled to pen a poem. I hope I’ve done justice to those moments. Thank you for taking a moment to listen to what I’ve had to say.
Jeff Warren, 2015