Jeremiah Downes, theater artist, musician and educator joined the faculty of Emory & Henry College in the fall of 2014 where he serves as Assistant Professor of Musical Theater. Equally at home in the worlds of music and theater, he spent over 15 years as a professional singing actor appearing on stage in leading roles, world premieres and alongside some of Broadway’s finest both in New York and regionally. He’s performed at a long list of clubs, concert halls and cabarets in New York and Philadelphia, and has appeared in concert for President George W. Bush and Philadelphia’s Mayor John Street.

Prior to his appointment at Emory & Henry College, Jeremiah served as the music director and entertainment manager for three seasons at the Walnut Street Supper Club in Center City Philadelphia where he was instrumental in its development and inception. Jeremiah was the founding artistic director of Philadelphia Music Theater Works where he successfully led the organization through a sold-out inaugural season and where he served as actor, director, producer and writer for various new musical initiatives. For two seasons, Jeremiah directed the New Theater Collective in Philadelphia modeled after New York City Center’s Encores.

As a composer and lyricist his work includes; Highways and Daydreams, the musical adaptation of Richard Donner’s 1992 film Radio Flyer, Dancing As Fast As We Can and Seven. His songs have been performed by artists from the worlds of Broadway and commercial music.

A sought after teacher and coach of vocal technique, song interpretation and performance, Jeremiah has maintained a private studio in New York City and Philadelphia for the past decade where his clients have found success on Broadway, in film and on television, in opera houses and recording studios. He is the co-creator of Get Real: The Broadway Training Center with Broadway actress Sarah Bolt offering practical and intensive training to aspiring and professional musical theater performers. He's served on the voice faculty of the New York Film Academy's musical theater conservatory and has taught at musical theater programs around the country.

Jeremiah holds a Master of Music from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts where he served for three years on the staff of the Pre-College musical theater program. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, ASCAP, National Association of Teachers of Singing, and Musical Theater Educators Alliance.

Upcoming Research:

This summer, Professor Downes will be teaching in New York City alongside fellow leading musical theater educators and Broadway professionals at Get Real: The Broadway Training Center's NYC Master Class Intensive. Other projects include the writing of a new TYA (Theater for Young Audiences) musical with Dr. Kelly Bremner and a newly revised concert of original songs at the Biello Martin Studio in Philadelphia where his original evening of songs, Highways and Daydreams, had its premiere in 2011.


Educational Background

  • B.F.A., The University of the Arts
  • M.M., Oklahoma City University