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Jere Shea is an award winning actor, entertainer, teacher, and director. He joins the Northeastern University Theatre Department with over 28 years of experience training actors and performers from Broadway to Boston. Also a curriculum advisor for the burgeoning actor training program at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts in Massachusetts, Jere conducts workshops, master classes, lectures, and coaching sessions for groups and individuals at all levels. Jere has served as a faculty member and consulting director at Boston College, Emerson College, and the College of the Holy Cross, teaching Beginning through Advanced Acting, Theatre Games, Scene Study, Text, Singing/Voice, Musical Theatre Performance, and Audition Techniques. He has been a visiting artist at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH; Princeton Day School in NJ; Speakeasy Stage Company in Boston; and community theatre groups throughout Massachusetts. He specializes in preparing aspiring actors for the college and professional training program admissions process, and provides private coaching services to working actors. Also a fundraising consultant and interpersonal skills trainer, Mr. Shea served as Special Advisor to Governor Paul Cellucci, and offers speech, presentation, and interpersonal skills training to individuals in the world of business, politics and media.
A classically trained actor, Jere earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, where he was the first recipient of the Ora Witte Scholarship. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre at Boston College, where he was honored to receive the University’s Reverend Joseph M. Larkin Award. He studied acting under the direction of renowned instructors including Zelda Fichandler, Ron Van Lieu, Michael Kahn, Liviu Ciulei, and Oleg Tabakov, and vocal performance with Deborah Lapidus. Jere trained in the Soviet Union at Konstantin Stanislavski’s Moscow Art Theatre School and Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre in Dublin.
Shea began his acting career performing in summer stock at the North Country Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NH. After completing his graduate studies at NYU, he was cast in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Since then, he has performed leading roles in theatres across the nation such as San Diego’s Old Globe, ACT in San Francisco, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Stage Company and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Shea has starred in Broadway productions including Guys and Dolls and Stephen Sondheim’s world premiere of Passion (Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Nomination, Theatre World Award) as well as the world premiere of Cole Porter’s High Society, and the 1993 revival of Damn Yankees. His Film and TV credits include “Passion” (PBS), “Path to Paradise” (HBO), “Law & Order”, “Cosby Mysteries”, and “A Season in Purgatory” (CBS miniseries). Shea also starred in the Boston based feature film SOUTHIE (Best Film, Seattle Film Festival 1998), and narrated Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address with the Boston Pops Orchestra. In 2004, Jere appeared as Dr. George Soper in the story of ‘Typhoid Mary’ Mallon – “The Most Dangerous Woman In America” (NOVA/PBS). In February 2016, Jere returned to the New York stage in the 25th anniversary concert production of The Secret Garden at David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center.
Also an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Jere performs in venues in New York and New England, and can be heard on the Original Broadway Cast Album of PASSION (Prod. Phil Ramone, Angel Records).