Jeremy Gillett

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Theatre and Dance

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Thought-provoking playwright, contemporary actor, and educator, Jeremy Gillett is an Assistant Professor of Acting at the University of Kentucky and a 2022 and 2021 semi-finalist of the BAY AREA Playwright Festival for his play, The Get Back.

From Trap House; a 2019 semi-finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre Center, to The Grapes of Wrath, Jeremy has produced, acted, and been cast in commercials and feature films such as: Hitting the Cycle, Car Dogs, 7th & Union, and Raptors, executively produced by Martin Lawrence.

Jeremy was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the award-winning independent film Raptors at the L.A. Film Festival. In 2021 Raptors went on to win Best Comedy at the Las Vegas Black Film Festival, and it was here that Jeremy won The Best Live Actor award.

Author and creator of "Black and 25 in America," Jeremy shares a series of vignettes about the lives of young Black people in America and mobilizes audiences around the country towards empathy and compassion for humanity through stories that explore issues of race, class, gender, and identity.

Jeremy is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Arizona State University. Jeremy earned his Master's in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Arizona State University. At Bluegrass Community Technical College, Jeremy became interested in playwriting and acting. After receiving an acting scholarship and teaching fellowship at A.S.U., he later became A.S.U.'s first student to be named as The Broadway League and ATPAM's First National Diversity Intern for the musicals Memphis and Motown.

Jeremy is an Irene Ryan award recipient and a ZONI award-nominated actor for his role as Chad Deity in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Stray Cat Theater in Phoenix, AZ.

Born in Cedar Falls, IA, and raised in Chicago and Kentucky, Jeremy is a humanitarian and educator that credits his initial passion for playwrighting from The University of Kentucky.

A member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild, Jeremy seeks to provide hope and a voice through theatre, education, and faith. "I want to share the stories of characters in such a way that people want to care about them regardless of their station in life. Acting is my way of helping all of us see the humanity of another person," says Jeremy.

Created 08/06/2021
Last Updated 08/09/2023