Jeff Cohen’s award winning career in the theater spans almost 4 decades as producer, director, playwright, actor and professor. Before founding Burke Cohen Entertainment Jeff created and was artistic director of three significant Off Broadway theater companies: The R.A.P.P. Arts Center (now the Connelly Theatre), The Worth Street Theater Company/ Tribeca Playhouse and the Dog Run Repertory Theater Company. Highlights of his work include the Drama Desk Award winning Tribeca Playhouse Stage Door Canteen – a response to the attacks of 9/11, the New York premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Four, the world premiere of Tristine Skyler’s The Moonlight Room and the Off Broadway revival of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart starring Raul Esparza and Joanna Gleason. His work has featured such notable actors as Laura Linney (stage debut), Michael Ealy (stage debut), Peter Scanavino (stage debut), Liev Schreiber, Marin Hinkle, Tammy Grimes, D.B. Sweeney, Dan Jenkins, John Scurti, John Cullum, Lea Delaria and many others.
Jeff’s work has won every major theatrical award short of the Tony, including Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Drama League, Outer Critics, Obie and AUDELCO and has annual Ten Best Critic’s Pick selections in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Post, Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, The LA Weekly, The Star-Ledger and The City Paper.
Jeff’s plays include Righteous, The Soap Myth, The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller and Men of Clay. As musician, Jeff was lead singer and song-writer for the new-wave rock band Ernie and The Imports whose album “Made In America” was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and garnered the selection “Top Album Picks” in Billboard Magazine.
He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Shelley, their two cats Squeaky & Latke and his 18 year old dog Ellie.