Jeff's first job, after years of serious childhood play with marionettes and puppets, was in a professional circus. Great America's Centennial Circus (1976) turned Circus Fantastic in 1977 & 78. There he went from usher to feature clown to ringmaster, picking up juggling, unicycle and other skills along the way. Then he graduated from Northwestern University after 4 years of training in the Theatre, where he never touched a mask. Upon graduation though his interest in mask was re-inaugurated by the need for masks in actual theatrical production. "If we needed to be old, or monstrous or more than one character, masks were the obvious answer. And the audience was entranced by the masks...."
Jeff Semmerling's ART SIDE OUT STUDIO & MASK SHOP