Biography

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 and B.F.A. Coordinator. 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 years 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 (Biello Martin Studio in Philadelphia 2011 & 2015, The Duplex in NYC 2013), 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. He is currently collaborating with Kelly Bremner on a new musical, MATCH.

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 was the co-creator, with Broadway actress Sarah Bolt, and Faculty Coordinator at Get Real: The Broadway Training Center, an innovative educational platform that offered elite online and on site training for aspiring and professional musical theater performers with master teachers from the worlds of Broadway and higher education. Jeremiah is a frequent master class clinician and presenter at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and Virginia Theatre Association's annual conference. 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.

Educational Background

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