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Professor Emeritus

John Shepard

Contact Information


  • M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach
  • B.A., University of California, Irvine

Courses Taught

  • Acting
  • Directing


John Shepard, professor emeritus, appeared on Broadway in American Buffalo with Al Pacino (as well as the subsequent national tour and on the West End) and A View from the Bridge (with Tony LoBianco). Off Broadway, he worked at the Manhattan Theatre Club (Scenes from La Vie de Boheme directed by Doug Hughes), Joyce Theatre (1984 with Frances Fisher and Oliver Platt), the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre (The Normal Heart), Lamb's Theatre (the world premiere of The Boys Next Door), Theatre for a New City (the world premiere of Eduardo Machado's Fabiola), as well as EST and SoHo Rep. He has been on the faculty at University of California, Irvine, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Memberships

  • Screen Actor's Guild
  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
  • Actor's Equity Association

Artistic Works

  • Chicken Snake, Director, The REP
  • Mother Courage, Director, The REP
  • The Visit, Director, The REP
  • One Flea Spare, Director, The REP
  • Candide, Director, Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • Born Yesterday, Director, Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • Marat/Sade, Director, Pittsburgh Playhouse
  • Joined at the Head, Director, Pittsburgh Playhouse


  • Taming of the Shrew, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • As You Like It, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • The Wild Duck, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Of Mice and Men, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Tartuffe, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Doctor's Dilemma, Long Wharf Theatre
  • When It's Over, Long Wharf Theatre
  • Astronauts, Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Sarcophagus, Yale Rep
  • Pal Joey, Huntington Theatre
  • Orchids and Panthers, Coconut Grove Playhouse
  • Accomplice (world premiere), Pasadena Playhouse
  • The Root (world premiere), George Street Playhouse
  • Death of a Salesman, Actor, The REP
  • American Buffalo, Actor, The REP
  • The Birthday Party, Actor, The REP
  • A View from the Bridge, Actor, The REP
  • Hamlet, Actor, The REP
  • ID, Actor, Quantum Theatre
  • Closer, Actor, Quantum Theatre
  • Speaking in Tongues, Actor, Quantum Theatre
  • Betrayal, Actor, Quantum Theatre
  • Speak American, Actor, City Theatre
  • Work Song, Actor, City Theatre
  • Little Foxes, Actor, Pittsburgh Public Theatre
  • Mary Stuart, Actor, Pittsburgh Public Theatre
  • Hedda Gabler, Actor, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre
  • A Woman of No Importance, Actor, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre

Films and Television Shows

  • Adventureland
  • Hollywood and Wine
  • Sneakers
  • Patriot Games
  • An Inconvenient Woman
  • Torch Song
  • Rock
  • Face of Love
  • L.A. Law
  • Silk Stalkings
  • Nasty Boys
  • Quantum Leap
  • Dallas
  • Spenser: For Hire

Research Interest

  • Camera acting



  • Recognized as one of Pittsburgh's best actors consistently by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette