JEFF BAREHAND (Gila River/Navajo) has been had the pleasure of being in several musicals, including Hair, The Fully Monty, Buddy! The Buddy Holly Musical, The Man of La Mancha, Evita and Les Misérables.
Jeff also pursued screen acting but disillusioned by the lack of and types of roles offered Native Americans, he wanted more. He found guidance at a summer film workshop sponsored by ABC/Disney held at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, NM where he crewed four short film projects and produced and directed his own short film. He caught the bug for filmmaking and summarily studied screenwriting at Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum and eventually became a Sundance Film Fellow.
He founded the Olympia Film Collective (www.olyfilm.com) to provide a resource for local filmmakers to find likeminded individuals dedicated to developing the craft of filmmaking in the southwestern Washington.
When he’s not on stage, he owns and operates a successful production company, Sky Bear Media, traveling the states creating media for corporations, tribes, governments and organizations. He is married with four children and resides in Olympia, WA.