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SpeakEasy presents Master Class Workshop

"Acting the Song" with Jere Shea

The first workshop of SpeakEasy Stage Company's 2002/2003 season presents a true opportunity for local performers. Tony Nominee (and Boston native) Jere Shea, will work with experienced musical theater actors in an afternoon session entitled "Acting The Song."

Scheduled from Noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 19, the workshop costs $50 per
person and will be limited to 12 participants.

Students will receive personalized feed back on performance of prepared material in a small group setting. The class will offer an opportunity to perform, explore and observe the work of others as they gain fresh perspective on familiar material as well as insight into the art of Acting the Song.

Requirements to participate include: solo performance of a musical theater song (2-3 minutes in duration), prepared in advance. Students are encouraged to choose familiar material and perform off book. While experience in musical theater is not required, students should be moderately experienced in the craft and vocabulary of acting.

Jere Shea has starred in several Broadway productions including "Guys and Dolls," "Damn Yankees" and Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed, "Passion," for which he received several honors including a 1994 Tony Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical and a Theater World Award for an Outstanding Broadway Debut.

His television credits include "Passion" (for PBS), "Path to Paradise" (for HBO), "Law & Order," Bill Cosby's "Cosby Mysteries" and "A Season in Purgatory" (the CBS miniseries with Brian Dennehy).

Born and raised in Boston, Jere also starred with Donnie Wahlburg in the Boston based feature film "Southie" (Seattle Film Festival's Best Film, 1998). Jere has also narrated Lincoln's Gettysburg Address with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Since 1992, Jere has instructed professional and aspiring actors in several facets of acting including Scene Study, Text Analysis, Audition Techniques, Character Development and Musical Theater Performance.

A classically trained actor, Jere earned his Masters in Fine Arts at New York University's renowned Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. He also studied at Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre School, and at Dublin's Abbey Theatre, the national theater of Ireland. Jere is listed as a Distinguished Alumnus of Boston College for his achievements in theater, film and television.

For further information, call SpeakEasy at 617-437-7731

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