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Jeff Bouthiette

Fat non-binary theatre artist and educator with a focus on comedy, queerness, fatness, and devised work.

Jeff is a fat non-binary theatre artist and educator with a focus on comedy, queerness, fatness, and devised work. They are currently on faculty at the Theatre School at DePaul University in the Comedy Arts program. For the past decade, they served as Head of the Music Program at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. They have directed and performed extensively in improvisation and sketch comedy, and they are a founding member of The Improvised Sondheim Project. As a playwright and songwriter, Jeff’s work has been performed in Chicago and nationally, and their solo show, Good Fatty Goes Bad, premiered in summer of 2019 and will be available for touring when we’re allowed to be in a room together once again.

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Towards a Fat Theatre
Essay

Towards a Fat Theatre

Reimagining Bodies Onstage

26 October 2020

Jeff Bouthiette notes that the pandemic has provided an opportunity to reevaluate and rethink everything about the way theatre is created in America, argues that this work has to include fat people, and offers suggestions for a way forward.