Gail Shapiro



A native Chicagoan, Gail began her career on both coasts and was a resident artist with the award-winning Los Angeles theatre company, A Noise Within, helping to found the company and perform leading roles in classic plays for eleven years. Other theatres where Gail has performed include Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and San Jose Repertory. For the past fourteen years Gail has been a full time Senior Lecturer of Acting at Northwestern University. Gail continues to run her private teaching and coaching business, Gail Shapiro Presentation, Media and Acting Coach, Gail currently offers scene study classes in Chicago. She is a graduate of University of Illinois, receiving her BFA in Acting and The Yale School of Drama where she received her MFA in Acting. She was presented with the Natalie Schafer Award for “emerging comic actor” from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and has been awarded numerous Dramalogue and Garland awards.

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