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Gerritt VanderMeer, MFA

Associate Professor
Bower School of Music & the Arts
Office: ARTS - 116
Phone: 239-590-7245
Email: gvandermeer@fgcu.edu

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Education

Master of Fine Arts in Acting, University of California Los Angeles (2000)
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, Purdue University (1997)
Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages and Literature, Purdue University (1997)
Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Purdue University, (1996)

Specialties

Acting
Voice and Movement
Acting for the Camera

Research and Teaching Interests

Study Abroad Faculty Leader (2013, '15, '17 and '19)
Co-Producer The State of Shakespeare podcast (2010-19)

Courses Offered

Acting I (TPP 2100)
Acting II (TPP 3113)
Acting for the Camera (TPP 3264)
Creating New Theatre (TPP4601)

Grants & Awards

President's Venture Fund Grant ($5000), Florida Gulf Coast University, 2019
Professional Development Grant ($1500), Florida Gulf Coast University, 2019
Seidler Student/Faculty Research Grant ($9900), Florida Gulf Coast University, 2018
Professional Development Grant ($1500), Florida Gulf Coast University, 2019
Professional Development Grant ($1500), Florida Gulf Coast University, 2018
Professional Development Grant ($1500), Florida Gulf Coast University, 2016

Gerritt VanderMeer brings more than twenty years of professional experience as an actor in independent and feature film, television, commercials, voice-overs and classical, contemporary and musical theatre to his work in the classroom. He has appeared onstage throughout the United States and abroad, and is a working member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors' Equity Association (unions for professional stage and screen actors in the United States.)  Career highlights include national tours (as Harold Hill in the Broadway touring company of The Music Man) and appearances at major regional theatres, including: Trinity Repertory Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Old Globe, Pioneer Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Texas Shakespeare Festival and York Theatre.  Southwest Florida stage credits include: Florida Repertory Theatre, Gulfshore Playhouse, TheatreZone and the Naples Philharmonic.