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Jeffryn Stephens, Co-Founder and Artistic Director:

Jeffryn has been the visionary and the engine of YPPC since she and her husband Ty founded the company in 1982. She acts as artistic director, teacher, manager and sometimes writer for the company.  She has directed well over 500 shows with YPPC over the past 26 years. She teaches in all the YPPC classes, camps and workshops as well as managing the schedules and administration of the company.  In addition to YPPC, Jeffryn has directed or taught for:

  • The Durham Recreation Department,
  • The North Carolina Arts Council,
  • The Durham County Schools,
  • The Carrboro Art School Theater,
  • The Duke School for Children and 
  • Durham Academy.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame in Dramatic Arts with an emphasis on directing and acting and a Minor in Music with an emphasis on voice.

During her career Jeffryn has introduced thousands of young artists to the drama and comedy of the theater and she continues to inspire new students daily with her work at YPPC.