“The confidence with which I approach classical texts comes directly from the time spent in Shane Ann’s classes. She taught me how to break down a text into specific thoughts and to make those thoughts clear to the audience and myself. She is a brilliant teacher of the “technical” aspects of speaking a text but is also focused on the specifics of character and action, therefore integrating the technical with the organic. As a result the audience watches a character live and not an actor executing a technique.
My speech work with her enabled me to eliminate a sloppy “s” sound as well as my Mississippi accent. I have always been struck by Shane Ann’s honesty and compassion. She is deeply invested in the growth of each one of her students which allows her to be tough when she needs to be but she is also one of most encouraging and supportive people I have ever met.” -Shane McRae
Shane McRae Credits
Broadway: Take Me Out. Off-B’way: Richard III (Public Theater); Tempest Tossed (Continuum Co./Classic Stage Co.); Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater).
Regional: Fifth of July (Williamstown Theatre Festival and Bay Street Theatre)
Film: Still Alice, The Adjustment Bureau, Bad Teacher, The Help, Bottleworld, Thunder Geniuses.
TV: Paradise Lost, “Sneaky Pete” (Taylor), Amazon Prime, ”Chicago Fire” (recurring), “Gossip Girl,” “Numb3rs,” “Cold Case,” “The Mastersons of Manhattan,” “Four Kings,” “Law & Order: CI,” “CSI: Miami,” “Our Thirties,” “One Life to Live,” “Hack.”
Education: MFA, Graduate Acting Program at New York University; BFA, University of Evansville.
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