Jesse Graham Galas

     Jesse Graham Galas (she, her) identifies as an actor, director, and professor of the performing arts.  With 7 years combined experience as a professor of Theatre, 5 years experience as a Director and Assistant Director of both plays and musicals, and 28 years professional experience on the stage, she brings both crafted techniques and real world experience to the table, currently serving as the Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre at High Point University.
She earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, her MFA in Acting from Ohio University and her Teaching Certificate in Michael Chekhov Physical Acting Technique from Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. She continues to present workshops at SETC and other venues in Musical Theatre, Acting, Movement, and Stage Combat. She also serves as a Stage Combat and Intimacy Director for many shows, as she continues her education in intimacy choreography and consent-based practices in the classroom through Theatrical Intimacy Educators.

Acting Credits include: National/International Tours - (2011 - 2020) My Fair Lady "Mrs. Pearce", Guys & Dolls "General Cartwright", An American in Paris "Madame Baurel" - Big League Productions. Regional/Summer Stock:  A Comedy of Tenors "Maria", An Inspector Calls "Mrs. Birling", Bright Star "Mama Murphy", See How They Run "Miss Skillon" - Okoboji Summer Theatre (2022-23).
Directing Credits include: The Seagull, Troy University; Songs for a New World, The Women of Lockerbie, Little Women, the Musical, Coker University; Lost Girl, High Point University; The Addams Family, a New Musical, High Point University (upcoming Fall 2023).

As an actor, she follows two quotes, "Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances"~ Sanford Meisner and "There is no Art without Joy"~ Michael Chekhov. While most of her early work was primarily in musicals, after moving to NYC in 2010 she branched into Shakespeare and film. She has played mandolin for over 10 years, and enjoys the challenge of bringing each unique character to life.

As a director, she encourages collaborative storytelling between cast and designers in both classical and contemporary styles. From blackbox "page-to-stage" small projects to mainstage musicals, she believes theatre as an art form is essential to humanity and every story gives both the audience and the artist an opportunity to grow.

As a professor, she strives to create a brave environment where her students feel free to risk while discovering and acting on their impulses. She has taught many courses (Acting, Voice, Movement, Acting the Song, Dramatic Literature, Playscript Analysis, Film Criticism, The Business of Acting, etc.) at several universities (Troy University, Marietta College, Kennesaw State University, Coker University, and now High Point University).

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CV Acting Resume Directing Resume

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Teaching Philosophy

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Equity and Inclusion Statement

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Artist Statement

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Student Evaluations

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Vocal Range: C3 – C6 (Belt to C5)
Height: 5’5”


 An American in Paris - USA                    Madame Baurel              Big League Productions                              Jeffrey Moss
 My Fair Lady – USA & Canada              Mrs. Pearce                       Big League Productions                              Jeffrey Moss
 My Fair Lady – China, Singapore        Mrs. Pearce                       Big League Productions                             Jeffrey Moss
Guys & Dolls – USA                                    General Cartwright        Big League Productions                             Jeffrey Moss
The Odyssey Experience - Ireland         Athena                                Baboro International Arts Festival        Christopher Parks
A Christmas Carol - USA & Canada      Mrs. Fezziwig                   Troupe America, Inc.                                  Pete Colburn
Always, Patsy Cline – TN, WV                Louise                                 Cumberland Co. Playhouse                       Terry Schwab
Smoke on the Mountain***                    June Sanders                    Cumberland Co. Playhouse**                 Rhonda Wallace
***(Toured entire trilogy) **(company member – 3 years)

See How They Run                                  Miss Skillon                     Okoboji Summer Theatre                      Stephen Brotebeck
The Wolves                                                Soccer Mom                     High Point University                             Jay Putnam
Bright Star                                                 Mama Murphy                Okoboji Summer Theatre                      Lauren Haughton
An Inspector Calls                                   Mrs. Birling                      Okoboji Summer Theatre                       Stephen Brotebeck
The Comedy of Tenors                          Maria                                   Okoboji Summer Theatre                      Stephen Brotebeck
Clockwork Child (Zoom Reading)    Ada Lovelace                   Rapture Theatre                                         Megan Jacobs
Bye Bye Birdie                                          Mae Peterson                  Pioneer Summer Theater                       John Galas
Romeo & Juliet                                        Lady Capulet                    Pioneer Summer Theater                       Emily Heugatter
Mamma Mia!                                           Donna                                 Troy University Theatre                          Tori Lee Averett
The Three Musketeers**                     Porthos                               Birmingham Children’s Theater         Brandon Bruce
The Last Goodbye                                   Lady Capulet                    NYC Workshop                                            Alex Timbers
The Rover                                                  Callis/Musician               New York Classical Theatre                  Karin Coonrod
Henry IV, Part I                                        Mistress Quickly            Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey   Joseph Discher
Annie!                                                        Miss Hannigan                Prizery Theatre                                           Chris Jones
Steel Magnolias                                      Truvy                                   Derby Dinner Playhouse                         Jim Hesselman
Comedy of Errors                                   Adriana/Angelo/etc.      Playhouse on Park                                    Will Ditterline
Beauty and the Beast                            Mme. Grand Bouche     Cumberland Co. Playhouse                    Jim Crabtree
**Fight Choreography - Alexis Black


Medal of Victory** Jean Warehouse District Productions Joshua Moise
Artificial I - Test Professor Troy Cinematography Society Hope Rangel
Death of the Cool Sukie 419 Productions John Heeg
**Distribution on Amazon Prime


MFA – Acting – Ohio University - 2010
Acting: Shelley Delaney, David Haugen
Voice: Laura Parroti, Brian Evans
Movement: Rebecca VerNooy

BA – Theatre - University of Tennessee, Knoxville – 1999 
Voice: Andrew Wentzel; Kay Paschal

GLMCC – Michael Chekhov Physical Acting Technique - Certified Teacher Training Program, 2018: Mark Monday


Dialects: British RP, Cockney, Irish, French, German, Southern American, New York
Vocal Music: Soprano II, Sight reads music/Harmony, Alto Choral Experience– 30 years
Instruments: French Horn – 6 years/Rhythm Mandolin – 10 years/Various Percussion/Other instruments
Dance: Tap – 2 years, Jazz – 5 years, General “Mover” – 25 years
SAFD: Certified Actor/Combatant, 2001 - (Unarmed, Quarterstaff, Rapier & Dagger, Broadsword, Knife, Single Sword)
Misc. American Sign Language – Student - Level I; Juggling (3 rings/balls); 3x Half-Marathon Finisher
Audition Reel

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Musical Theatre Clips and Shakespeare monologues.

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Band Geeks - Cast Album

Band Geeks - Cast Album

"For the Greater Good" - Principal Dixon "Band Geeks" by Tommy Newman, Gaby Alter Performed by Jesse Graham Galas

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Trojan Talk - Mamma Mia!, 2019 and Day of Theatre, 2017

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Death of the Cool - Clip

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