Curriculum Vitae

Gale McNeeley

224 Palm Court Drive

Santa Maria, Ca 93454

Telephone: 805-925-1882 / Cell: 805-406-4997

E-mail: gale.mcneeley@gmail.com

Web site: galemcneeley.com

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

 

EDUCATION

 

Stage Internazionale di Commedia Dell’Arte & Scuola Dell’Attore Comico, Italy

2005: Professional Training Program in Northern Commedia Dell’Arte, Southern

Commedia Dell’Arte, Opera Regia, Poetic Commedia, Stereopantomime, Variety

and Cabaret, as well as leather mask-making. Antonio Fava, Master Instructor.

 

Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake, California

1976-1977: Professional Training Program in Commedia Dell'Arte, Lecoq Clown,

Decroux Metaphysical Mime, Dance and the Alexander Technique.

Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Shirle and John Paul Cook, Master Instructors.

 

Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting, New York, New York

1970-1971: Professional Actor Training Program, Sanford Meisner, Instructor.

 

Kent Sate University, Kent, Ohio

1969-1970: Graduate work in theatre.

 

John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

1968: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Communications.

 

Masters Equivalency

A Masters Equivalency with both the California State University and the California Community

College systems, based on over thirty-eight years of teaching theatre on all educational levels,

and forty-five years as a professional performer.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2007 - Present: Visiting Professor in the Theatre Arts Department (Commedia & Clown)

 

Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009- Present: Visiting Professor in the MFA Theatre Arts Department (Commedia & Clown)

 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

2006 – Present: Guest Lecturer in Liberal Studies Department, and Instructor in the Theatre

and Dance Department.

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California

2003 - 2007: Instructor of Theatre Movement (Lecoq, Commedia and Clown)

 

Alan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California

2001, 2002: Instructor of Acting.

 

Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Alan Hancock College

1989, 2000: Second Year Theatre Movement (Lecoq, Commedia & Clown)

2002 – Present: Master Workshops in Commedia Dell’Arte.

 

Experimental College, University of Washington, Seattle

1982-1986: Instructor of European Clowning.

 

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

1980-1982: Instructor of Beginning and Advanced European Clowning.

 

College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California

1980-1982: Instructor of Clown, Improvisation and Musical Theatre.

 

Commedia Dell’Arte and Clown Residencies and Master Classes

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

University of California San Diego, San Diego, California

University of San Diego, San Diego, California

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Emory & Henry College, Emery Virginia

Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

University of Washington, Seattle Washington

Amsterdam School of the Arts, The Netherlands

 

Selected Secondary and Middle School Commedia and Clown Seminars

La Jolla Country Day School, San Diego, California

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez, California

Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, California

Templeton High School, Templeton, California

Mission College Prep, San Luis Obispo, California

San Diego High School of the Performing Arts, San Diego, California

Coronado High School of the Performing Arts, Coronado, California

Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron, Ohio

Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts, San Diego, California

 

Additional Teaching Experience

 

Fern Street Circus, San Diego, California

1992-- 2002: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills.

 

San Diego Junior Theatre

1993--1994: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills.

 

Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California

1992 & 1993: Instructor for Play Guides in the Schools Program.

 

La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California

1988 & 1989: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills, "Young Performer's Workshop.”

 

Seattle Children's Theatre

1977-1979: Circus workshops at Primary, Middle School and High School levels.

 

Connecticut State School System

1974-1975: Performance workshops statewide with the Hartford Stage Company.

 

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

 

The Poetic Justice Project, Santa Maria, California

2014 – Present: Stage Director and Commedia Dell’Arte Instructor for an acting company

composed of formerly incarcerated men and women. The troupe’s mission is to create

original theatre which examines crime, punishment and redemption. “Inside /// Out” is the

company’s first Slapstick, Masked Commedia Dell’Arte production.

 

The Satiricals, Santa Maria, California

2004 – 2009: Founder, Producer, Writer and Director of an issues-oriented,

satirical musical comedy company producing shows on the Central Coast of California.

 

Fern Street Circus, San Diego, California

1992, 1998, 1999, 2000: Stage Director and Clown Instructor.

 

Seattle's New World Commedia

1983 - 1984: Founder and Artistic Director of an issues-oriented, improvisational

company, performing in the masked characters of the Italian Commedia Dell'Arte.

 

The Sweet Georgia Brown Clowns, Arcata California

1982: Director of a 12-clown touring circus. (I created this circus with the students

of my Advanced Clowning class at Humboldt State University, who booked and

managed a spring tour of Humboldt County schools.)

 

College of the Redwoods, Eureka California

1980, 1981: Director (The Robber Bridegroom and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals.)

 

Kit-n-Kaboodle Clown Circus, Arcata, California

1977 - 1980: Founder and Co-Artistic Director of, and performer with, this touring

company of clowns, acrobats, and jugglers that did over 300 shows and gave over

100 workshops at west coast schools and universities including University of

Portland, Seattle University, Washington State University, College of Idaho and

Loyola Marymount College, Los Angeles.

 

 

Performance Resume

Gale McNeeley

S.A.G. / Equity

Actor / Singer / Dancer / Clown


TELEVISION

Title

Character

Studio

Hot Pursuit Tony Salvato NBC
The Heist Paul Daniels HBO

THEATER

Musicals

Roles

Directors

Theatres

Three Penny Opera Tiger Brown, Old Whore Sam Woodhouse San Diego Rep
Scrooge Marley, Present, Future Jack Shouse PCPA Theaterfest
Dixie Highway Carl Will Roberson Gaslamp Theatre
The Cradle Will Rock Editor Daily Robert Benedetti San Diego Rep
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Captain Gregg Jack Shouse PCPA Theaterfest
Girl Crazy Butch Daniel Sullivan Seattle Rep
Gypsy Herbie  Jack Shouse PCPA Theaterfest
Working Anthony, Fireman Jane Hill Redwood Forum Theatre
Archy & Mehitabel archy   Roy Haller Pacific Arts Center
Three Penny Opera Street Singer John Going Barter Theatre
Cyrano Renaudot Michael Kidd The Palace, NYC
Two Gentlemen of  Verona Mercatio Mel Shapiro N.Y.  Shakespeare Festival
Who Am I? King/Prince Beatrice Straight Brooklyn Academy Theatre
Young Abe Lincoln Abe Lincoln Jay Harnick Brooklyn Academy Theatre
       

 

Plays

Roles

Directors

Theatres

Taming of the Shrew Baptista Mark Booher PCPA Theaterfest
Billy Bishop Billy Jonathan Daly PCPA Theaterfest
Marriage of Bette & Boo Paul Walter Schoen San Diego Rep
Much Ado About Nothing Balthazar Andrew Shay Santa Fe Rep
Passion Play Jim Douglas Hughes Seattle Rep
Mandrake & The Wedding Siro & Friend Daniel Sullivan Seattle Rep
Filumena Domenico Sorriano Richard Edwards Tacoma Actors Guild
Richard III Buckingham David Herman Humboldt State University
Anne Frank: Witness Adolf Hitler Irene Lewis Hartford Stage Co.
Spoon River Ensemble Paul Weidner Hartford Stage Co.
Broadway Dan McCorn Charles Maryan Barter Theatre
Hernani Hernani Albert Takazauckas The Open Eye, NYC
Troilus & Cressida Troilus Albert Takazauckas The Open Eye, NYC
Volpone Nano Lawrence Carra Great Lakes Theatre Festival

SPECIAL SKILLS

Performance:
Clown, Pantomime, Juggling and Commedia Dell ‘Arte.

Dialects
Irish, English, Scottish, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Russian, East European, and American Regional Dialects.


TRAINING

Acting:  
Sanford Meisner & Bill Esper

Clown:  
Donny Osman, Avner Eisenberg

Voice:  
Suzanne France, Elizabeth Howell, Peggy Norcross

Commedia:  
Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Shirle

Dance:  
Clive Thompson & Audrey Cook, Antonio Fava & Giovanni Fusetti


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