Lester Thomas Shane

Lecturer, BFA Acting

Voice and Speech - BFA Acting

Lester Thomas Shane studied under Edith Skinner at Carnegie-Mellon University. While playing leading roles at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Lester also served as company Voice and Movement Master. In addition to Pace, Lester is on the faculty of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The New York Film Academy,  As a speech and dialect coach he has worked with NBC (Blacklist), HBO (The American Guest) Lincoln Center (Secret Garden) T Schreiber Studios, Peccadillo Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Company, Mint Theatre, Sink or Swim Repertory Theatre, and Signature Theatre (Virginia). He delivered the keynote address at the 2001 National Teaching Training Institute sponsored by PBS.
Among his many award-winning directing credits ranging from the classics to premiere productions include Artistic Director, Shakespeare at the Met, Jacksonville, FL; Cleveland Public Theatre; Halle Theatre, Cleveland, OH; Charlottesville New Play Festival. In New York: T. Schreiber Studio; Manhattan Theatre Club; The Production Company; Vineyard ; 45th St Theatre; The Fresh Fruit Festival and The Basic Theatre where he served as Director in Residence. In addition he directed numerous readings and workshops and worked with the literary departments of Manhattan Theatre Club, Westbeth and Hartford Stage.
For A&E Biography series, Lester wrote James Brown, Tyrone Power, and Carmen Miranda. For AMC, 20th Century Fox: The First Fifty Years; and for Discovery, Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy. With Penelope Brackett he wrote Seven Keys to Success Without Struggle, now in its second edition.
His award-winning one-man show, Mortal Coil,was translated into Norwegian as Livets Lenker and Lester directed the European premiere. He continues to tour the English production nationwide.
Lester is a member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, SDC and VASTA.