Gaye Jeffers is a director, playwright and producer. She was awarded the 2011 UTC College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Creative Scholarship Award. She received her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Alabama and her undergraduate degree in Theatre and Speech from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Recent UTC theatre directing credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Machinal, Dead Man’s Cell Phone and Anonymous. The Department of Theatre and Dance at Austin Peay State University premiered Jeffers’ play Philo (inspired by Sophocles’ Philoctetes) in September of 2010. Other playwriting credits include: Appealing Women, Peace (an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Peace) and the ten-minute plays Morning Sickness, Day After Daddy, Funeral and Sissy. Before returning to Chattanooga, Jeffers was affiliated with many of the top theatres in Chicago. Representative credits include work with the Tony-Award winning Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Dramatists, the National Jewish Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Cloud 42 Productions and the Tony-Award winning Victory Gardens Theatre. Jeffers moved from Chicago to Nashville and was a founding member and the artistic director of BroadAxe Theatre. Jeffers was also a music video writer and producer working with such artists as Barbra Streisand, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Harry Connick, Jr., George Jones, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.