Originally Published: May 1, 2015 6 a.m.
"When an Elephant Packs His Trunk" is the provocative title of Jon Meyer's talk at the 10 a.m. service, Sunday, May 3, at Prescott Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Meyer, director of Prescott Center for the Arts, will recount his life experiences in an acting and directing career that has led to his current role in the accomplishments of PFAA/PCA. Music will be provided by the Eclectic Ensemble.
Meyer, originally from New York, graduated with a BFA in Theatre Arts from Ohio University, worked in regional and dinner theater before receiving his MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served an internship with Arkansas Repertory, was on the Theatre Program staff at Duke University through the Journeyman Teacher Program under Bob Hobbs. Meyer has taught theater at the middle school, high school and college levels. In 1997, he started his run as an arts administrator, taking the position as Cultural Arts Director at the Sarasota Jewish Community Center, then as General Manager of the Court Square Theatre in Harrisonburg, VA, back to the Sarasota JCC, then to his current position as Executive Director for The Prescott Center for the Arts (formerly PFAA).
Meyer has been associated with more than 200 productions over the past 30 plus years in all positions, mostly as actor and director. With PCA, he has instituted the Young Playwrights Festival, expanded the Summer Youth Theatre Program - including starting the Teen Summer Stock Ensemble, led PCA's search and opening of a second theater space, Stage Too, to be used as a rehearsal, classroom and black box space. Additionally for PCA, Meyer has directed the mainstage productions "Beau Jest" and "The Sunshine Boys," "Annie," "Promises, Promises" and "Grapes of Wrath." Meyer directed "The Actor's Nightmare" and "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You" last season in Stage Too. As an actor, he has appeared in "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," "Completely Hollywood ... Abridged," "Private Lives," and as part of the Stage Too production, "Whisper Into My Good Ear/All in the Timing."
Over the years, Meyer has done the fight choreography for 12 to 15 productions and will have taught stage combat workshops three times for PCA, as well as for other organizations. He is the father of two nearly adult children, Anna and Louis, who live in Florida.