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Encyclopedia > Jesse Merz

Jesse Merz is an American actor, director, producer, writer, and educator. As an actor, he has appeared off-Broadway, in regional theatre, summer stock, feature films, in radio and in 120 cities in 34 states nationwide. He has directed more than 45 productions, which have included directing Tony winner Daisy Eagan in the new musical Suburban Dreams. He is the artistic director of the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre and former artistic director of Longview Stageworks. He is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Dramatists Guild, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he studied at the Atlantic Theater Company and the Meisner Extension. He later received a Master of Arts degree in teaching with a drama endorsement from George Fox University. Soon he will be teaching Introduction to Acting at the University of California, Davis, where he'll also be pursuing his MFA in Acting. He has worked with or studied with people like David Mamet, William H. Macy, Angel Carter, Felicity Huffman, Josh Hartnett, Lauri Peters, River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, and Constantine Maroulis. He is currently in pre-production on his first feature film with the working title Embraceable Me, which is he writing, directing and producing. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... A theatrical producer is a type of producer who oversees the staging of theatre productions. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... Regional theatres (also called resident theatres) in the United States are professional theatre companies outside of New York City that produce their own seasons. ... Summer Stock is an MGM musical made in 1950. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The artistic director of a theatre is responsible for choosing the material staged in a season, and the hiring of creative/production personnel (such as directors), as well as other theatre management tasks. ... The Actors Equity Association (commonly simply Equity) is the trade union of American theatrical performers and stage managers. ... The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists AFTRA is a performers union that represents actors in radio and television, much like the Screen Actors Guild does for movies, as well as radio and television announcers and newspersons, singers (both royalty artists and background singers), promo and voice-over... The Dramatists Guild of America is a professional organization for playwrights, composers, and lyricists working in the U.S. theatre market. ... The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. ... Tisch School of the Arts (known more commonly as Tisch or TSOA) is one of the 14 schools that make up New York University (NYU). ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... Based on the theory of Practical Aesthetics developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... George Fox University is a Christian university of the liberal arts, & sciences, and professional studies. ... The University of California, Davis, commonly known as UC Davis, is one of the ten University of California campuses. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director and poet born to a Jewish family in Flossmoor, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. ... Publicity photo of William H. Macy William Hall Macy (born March 13, 1950) is an American actor, teacher, and director, in theatre, film, and television. ... Angel Charisma Carter (born December 7, 1987 in Tampa, Florida, USA), better known as Angel Carter, is a fashion model who is also famous for being the sister of Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter and of Aaron Carter. ... As Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives Felicity Huffman (born December 9, 1962) is an Academy Award nominated, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning film and television actress. ... Joshua Daniel Hartnett (born July 21, 1978) is an American actor. ... Lauri Peters (b. ... Phoenix in My Own Private Idaho (1991). ... Reeves in A Walk in the Clouds, 1995 Keanu Charles Reeves (born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian/English Hollywood actor and musician (bassist). ... Constantine James Maroulis (born September 14, 1975 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Greek-American rock singer, actor, and writer. ...


Jesse has been married to Laurel Merz (formerly Schuepbach) since September 2, 2000 and is the father of Alana Fay (December 2, 2003) and Josephine Alice (December 29, 2005).


 
 

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