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Jeff Whitty


Among much else, Jeff Whitty is a living answer to the question, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” A 1993 UO graduate with Honors in English, Whitty is now a playwright and actor, who has written successful musical adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and the high school cheerleading classic Bring It On. He also won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q.  Whitty remembers English as “a great department . . . . It gave me a curiosity and exposure to all kinds of material that I draw on all the time.“