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Jefferson Guzman

 

After graduating Algonquin College’s Theatre program, where he won the Director's Award, Jefferson attended Humber College’s Performance program where he won the Distinguished Performance Award. 

In a supporting role, Jefferson played ‘Blade’ in the feature film Mouth to Mouth starring Ellen Page, written and directed by Alison Murray, with Executive Producer Atom Egoyan. The film was shot in Europe and premiered at San Francisco’s Film Festival and won the top two prizes at the Brooklyn Film Festival (Best Feature and the Grand Chameleon Award). His television appearances include Queer As Folk, a supporting role on DOC and several commercials including Molson Canadian, KFC, Kokanee, Pepsi, and Motts Clamato. 

On stage, Jefferson played the leading role in the world premier of three plays written and directed by Sky Gilbert: Heliogabalus: A Love Story, The Secret Life Of Haddon McKenzie (both at The Theatre Centre), and Bad Acting Teachers (at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre). He toured for three consecutive seasons with Theatre Direct Canada in two plays directed by Lynda Hill: Andrew’s Tree and I Met a Bully on a Hill. Both productions were nominated for a Dora for Outstanding Production in the Theatre for Young Audiences category.  

Jefferson’s passion is performing and creating new works. Other premier and workshop productions include: Surviving Mom (written by Barbara Bondar, directed by Mark Cassidy), Your Palace in the Sky (Summerworks, directed by Chris Dupuis) and Sir Richard Wadd, Pornographer (Fringe Festival, written and directed by Shawn Postoff). 

Jefferson wrote, produced and directed the short film M-F, which premiered at the Canadian Filmmakers Festival in Toronto and received a worldwide distribution deal. He also produced, directed and edited the “Soft Step” music video for Eastborough.  

Jefferson also wrote two plays that premiered at Toronto’s Rhubarb Festival at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Excerpts of his first play Playing in the Leaves were published by Playwrights Canada Press in Gay Monologues and Scenes, An Anthology edited by Sky Gilbert. Jefferson played ‘Leo’ opposite Rosa Laborde in the play he wrote entitled Sofie & Leo, which was developed with Alameda Theatre Company and directed by Guillermo Verdecchia. 

Jefferson’s published articles include a feature story in Xtra Magazine about his climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro; also published by Book Land Press in Canadian Voices, Vol. 2.

Most recently Jefferson has written a new play called Solaz which is currently in development with Alameda Theatre Company and Cahoots Theatre Company.