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      My grandparents immigrated to the USA, from Hungary, after WWI. My parents were first generation Americans living their entire lives in New York City, the city of my birth and upbringing. I have three children, all of them have a career working with youth. Two are teachers and my youngest is a midwife. In July and December 2006, I became a grandfather of two wonderful boys, Solomon and Andrew. This is the most exciting year in many!!

      During my years in college I worked in hotels and racetracks as a waiter and headwaiter in fine dining rooms and nightclubs. I have owned a restaurant on a golf course in NYC.

      I received my B.A. Degree and Teaching Certification from the City University of NY, Staten Island, in 1974. My early career in education saw me teaching inner city youth in New York, New Hampshire, Los Angeles and the Province of Ontario, Canada. I have received grants from the NY, California, Alabama and Ontario, the Canada Arts Councils and taught theatre as guest lecturer at many universities and theatre schools in the USA, Canada, Israel and Hungary. I then studied Special Education in the Masters Program at The College of New Rochelle, NY and worked with autistic and socially, visually and audially challenged youth in the NY and Los Angeles Public Schools.

      In 1978, theatre arts absorbed my attention and I began to pursue the masters of the art of pantomime theatre, studying with the great French Mime Marcel Marceau, the famous Polish mime Stefan Niedzielkowski and Samuel Avital, Moni Yakim, Claude Kipnis and Tony Montenaro of the USA. During this time, I entered New York University’s Masters Program in Educational Theatre and have gone on to a career in educational theatre, peace education and teacher training in many countries and performed and taught the art of mime and storytelling throughout the USA, Canada, Israel and Europe, with a focus on central and eastern Europe.

      When my dear parents passed away in 1996, I moved back to Israel where I had been a professional basketball player and coach twenty years before. During this period I taught pantomime at Beit Zvi Theatre Conservatory in Ramat Gan, coached youth basketball and worked in ‘Peace Education’ at Beit Hagefen Arab/Jewish Community Center, program supported by the US and Norwegian Embassies in Israel/Palestine.

      In 1997, due to the dangerous and frustrating political atmosphere in the Middle East, I moved to the land of my grandparents and the city of my father’s conception, Budapest. . I have gotten a great education and witnessed the change from a controlled society to a free market economy and a now struggling democratic society.

      From 1997-2003, I taught English and Job Interviewing at the Kando Kalman Tech, now Budapest Polytechnic.

      In 1998, I established STUDENTSCOUT, sports scouting service. Since then, I have assisted over sixty young women, mainly basketball players, from ten countries, in receiving athletic scholarships to the finest American universities. This passed season they have begun to graduate. During this time in Budapest, I have been a professor of public speaking at Mc Daniel College and in 2003; I began teaching journalism, job interviewing, American studies and public speaking at the Budapest College of Communication, (BKF) and pantomime at the Gor-Nagy Maria Theatre Conservatory.

      In the summers of 2001-2004 I assisted in the development project, on a special initiative of the USA Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina and the US State Dept., with a team of “Peace Educators” in Brcko, BiH, a district along the Croatian border, on the Sava River, that is administered by the United Nations. We work with high school students who have excellent English and communication skills and want to affect their community in a positive manner. In our summer school we teach them journalism, debate, public speaking, community service and development. The students then go to live with American families and attend high school for six months. Before the assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Gingic of Serbia I Montenegro, I was invited by his office to teach the “Fundamentals of Democracy” to hundreds of high students in a special summer camp program. In the summer of 2005, I directed a private basketball camp in Keszthely on beautiful Lake Balaton. In the summer of 2006, I directed, Camp Tolerance, at Balatonlelle. 64 students, ages 11-15, from Slovakia, Serbia, Romania and host Hungary, participated in learning tolerance with a two week camp experience where we all lived, studied, traveled and ate together. In the passed month, I am organizing a group of very talented artists, who live in Budapest’s colorful 8th District, to create a touring performance throughout Europe highlighting themes of the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic life that we find ourselves faced with in Europe in the 21st Century.

      It has been a great challenge, yet my overwhelming pleasure to be part of this amazing change in the region. It is my plan to make this my home and continue to work with youth to affect such positive change at a most important time in history.

Philosophy and vision:

      My life has been dedicated to opening up opportunities for youth, who will be the leaders of the future. Through sports, arts and academics there are many avenues toward a healthy and successful life.

Articles, posters:

   Univ Pécs - 2007


   Peace education in Haifa, Israel - 1996-1997

   Redlands Daily Facts - 1990

   The Sun (California) - 1986

   Los Angeles Times - 1986

   The Levitt! - 1984

   Gannett Westchester Newspapers - 1983

   The Dartmouth (Hanover) - 1982

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Recommendation letters:

   United States Department of State - 2007

   Csapókerti általános iskola, Debrecen - 2007

   Csapókerti Primary School, Debrecen - 2007

   Debrecen, American Corner - 2006

   McDaniel College, Budapest - 2003

   Arab Jewish cultural community youth & support center 1. - 1997

   Arab Jewish cultural community youth & support center 2. - 1997

   Embassy of the United States of America in Israel - 1997

   United States Environmental Protection Agency - 1995

   Agency of Human Services - New York - 1995

   Board of Education of the City of New York - 1994

   California State University - University Theatre - 1986

   XEROX - 1981

   Board of Education of the City of New York - 1979

   City of Los Angeles - Department of Recreation and Park - 1979

Jay Miller: 1084 Bp. Déri Miksa u. 18 V/2 Hungary    Tel: ++36 1 210 7252; mobile: ++36 30 321 2726, millerjay49@yahoo.com

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