North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jeff Seaberg '80

Jeff Seaberg is a successful children’s playwright in the greater San Francisco area. He won a Tri Valley Hero Award for his work as a children’s theater teacher. When the town of Danville, CA, was looking for someone to create a children’s theater program 10 years ago, he jumped at the chance. Kids Acting On Stage summer drama camp ends with a production and mini-movie. His after-school program, Theatre Performance Workshop, is also in its 10th year. The group presented a holiday production, “A Very Jingle Town Christmas,” written by Seaberg. He recalls a crossroads in his life in 2003. Goodspeed Theater in Connecticut, where many Broadway professionals got their start, called him for an audition. But the performance dates interfered with the children’s program he’d just proposed so he cancelled the audition. “My friend was aghast. It was a fork in the road but I knew I was right. My life has been impacted, and hundreds of kids were equally impacted.” For his own acting, Seaberg was nominated in 2012 for a Shellie Award for his role as the Wizard in “The Wizard of Oz.” He has also been on call to replace an actor in a recent production of “Guys and Dolls” at the Berkley Playhouse, in addition to writing, directing and acting for a long-running hit cabaret show in Danville called “Reel Blonds.”