Jeffrey Puukka

Jeffrey Puukka

5.0 (3)
1 hire on
22 years in business

About this pro

I am a theatre director and acting teacher living and working in the Pacific Northwest.  My goal is to work with students to unlock the authentic actors within themselves.  Visit my website for testimonials and reviews:

To put it simply…

I am passionately curious about actors and actor training.

I love helping people stumble into confidence.

I love witnessing creativity unfurl, and impact the world.

Professionally, I work where these things I love meet and merge.

I am a theatre director. I am an acting coach.

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Vancouver, WA 98660
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3 Reviews


  • Brittany Allen

    “With simple additions like contemporary music and iPhones, director Jeffrey Puukka demonstrates the continuously relevant story arch of ‘Streetcar‘ in today’s society. This modern production deftly depicts how the reaction to rape victims has never really changed in the years since the play opened on Broadway in 1947.”

  • Richard Wattenberg, The Oregonian

    “Vigorous, engaging theatre.” … “A three hours of unrelenting intensity. It seems that every line carries a powerful emotional punch.”

  • Damon Millican

    “One of the best acting classes I’ve been to in quite a while. I studied with Uta / AADA / Meisner and actors from the Actors Studio in NY. I know a thing or two about acting classes”

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Curious parties can reach out to ask questions and see if we'd be a good collaborative fit.  You can read my students' reviews and contact me via my website.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Jeffrey Puukka is a theatre director and acting coach of Finnish and Irish roots, living and working in the Pacific Northwest. 

Jeffrey’s favorite projects from 20+ years of directing include Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Polly Teale’s Mermaid, David Adjmi’s Elective Affinities–which performed in Portland, Edinburgh, and Cambodia–as well as his own adaptations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Women of Troy, inspired by Euripides. 

Jeffrey is passionately curious about actor training and has mentored actors ranging eight to eighty years of age.  Jeffrey initiated and leads The Monday Night Acting Lab, originally sponsored and hosted by Mt. Hood Community College from 2017 until the Covid-19 pandemic. During the pandemic, The Monday Night Acting Lab has continued to grow, in spite of the pandemic, by being conducted online. Jeffrey has guest-lectured at Washington State University, and has collaborated frequently as an acting instructor for Metropolitan Performing Arts, and as an interpretive speaking coach for the nationally recognized speech and debate program at Sam Barlow High School.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

For 1:1 coaching scenarios, I charge $60 per hour.  When students are interested in pre-booking 6 or more sessions at once, I apply a suitable discount when we calendar the working time.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

There are many coaches to choose from.  Have a conversation with your prospective teacher beforehand, to make sure you feel listened to, and understood.  Not every coach is an ideal fit for an individual student's learning style.  

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What is your goal?  What do you want to work on?  If you're not sure, let's start by clarifying that.

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