Curriculum Vitae

Gale McNeeley

224 Palm Court Drive

Santa Maria, Ca 93454

Telephone: 805-925-1882 / Cell: 805-406-4997


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Stage Internazionale di Commedia Dell’Arte & Scuola Dell’Attore Comico, Italy

2005: Professional Training Program in Northern Commedia Dell’Arte, Southern

Commedia Dell’Arte, Opera Regia, Poetic Commedia, Stereopantomime, Variety

and Cabaret, as well as leather mask-making. Antonio Fava, Master Instructor.

Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake, California

1976-1977: Professional Training Program in Commedia Dell’Arte, Lecoq Clown,

Decroux Metaphysical Mime, Dance and the Alexander Technique.

Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Shirle and John Paul Cook, Master Instructors.

Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting, New York, New York

1970-1971: Professional Actor Training Program, Sanford Meisner, Instructor.

Kent Sate University, Kent, Ohio

1969-1970: Graduate work in theatre.

John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

1968: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Communications.

Masters Equivalency

A Masters Equivalency with both the California State University and the California Community

College systems, based on over thirty-eight years of teaching theatre on all educational levels,

and forty-five years as a professional performer.


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2007 – Present: Visiting Professor in the Theatre Arts Department (Commedia & Clown)

Point Park University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2009- Present: Visiting Professor in the MFA Theatre Arts Department (Commedia & Clown)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

2006 – Present: Guest Lecturer in Liberal Studies Department, and Instructor in the Theatre

and Dance Department.

Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California

2003 – 2007: Instructor of Theatre Movement (Lecoq, Commedia and Clown)

Alan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California

2001, 2002: Instructor of Acting.

Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Alan Hancock College

1989, 2000: Second Year Theatre Movement (Lecoq, Commedia & Clown)

2002 – Present: Master Workshops in Commedia Dell’Arte.

Experimental College, University of Washington, Seattle

1982-1986: Instructor of European Clowning.

Humboldt State University, Arcata, California

1980-1982: Instructor of Beginning and Advanced European Clowning.

College of the Redwoods, Eureka, California

1980-1982: Instructor of Clown, Improvisation and Musical Theatre.

Commedia Dell’Arte and Clown Residencies and Master Classes

California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

University of California San Diego, San Diego, California

University of San Diego, San Diego, California

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Emory & Henry College, Emery Virginia

Seton Hill University, Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio

College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

University of Washington, Seattle Washington

Amsterdam School of the Arts, The Netherlands

Selected Secondary and Middle School Commedia and Clown Seminars

La Jolla Country Day School, San Diego, California

Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez, California

Paso Robles High School, Paso Robles, California

Templeton High School, Templeton, California

Mission College Prep, San Luis Obispo, California

San Diego High School of the Performing Arts, San Diego, California

Coronado High School of the Performing Arts, Coronado, California

Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Akron, Ohio

Sophia Isadora Academy of Circus Arts, San Diego, California

Additional Teaching Experience

Fern Street Circus, San Diego, California

1992– 2002: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills.

San Diego Junior Theatre

1993–1994: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills.

Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California

1992 & 1993: Instructor for Play Guides in the Schools Program.

La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla, California

1988 & 1989: Instructor of Clown and Circus Skills, “Young Performer’s Workshop.”

Seattle Children’s Theatre

1977-1979: Circus workshops at Primary, Middle School and High School levels.

Connecticut State School System

1974-1975: Performance workshops statewide with the Hartford Stage Company.


The Poetic Justice Project, Santa Maria, California

2014 – Present: Stage Director and Commedia Dell’Arte Instructor for an acting company

composed of formerly incarcerated men and women. The troupe’s mission is to create

original theatre which examines crime, punishment and redemption. “Inside /// Out” is the

company’s first Slapstick, Masked Commedia Dell’Arte production.

The Satiricals, Santa Maria, California

2004 – 2009: Founder, Producer, Writer and Director of an issues-oriented,

satirical musical comedy company producing shows on the Central Coast of California.

Fern Street Circus, San Diego, California

1992, 1998, 1999, 2000: Stage Director and Clown Instructor.

Seattle’s New World Commedia

1983 – 1984: Founder and Artistic Director of an issues-oriented, improvisational

company, performing in the masked characters of the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte.

The Sweet Georgia Brown Clowns, Arcata California

1982: Director of a 12-clown touring circus. (I created this circus with the students

of my Advanced Clowning class at Humboldt State University, who booked and

managed a spring tour of Humboldt County schools.)

College of the Redwoods, Eureka California

1980, 1981: Director (The Robber Bridegroom and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals.)

Kit-n-Kaboodle Clown Circus, Arcata, California

1977 – 1980: Founder and Co-Artistic Director of, and performer with, this touring

company of clowns, acrobats, and jugglers that did over 300 shows and gave over

100 workshops at west coast schools and universities including University of

Portland, Seattle University, Washington State University, College of Idaho and

Loyola Marymount College, Los Angeles.


Performance Resume

Gale McNeeley

S.A.G. / Equity

Actor / Singer / Dancer / Clown





Hot PursuitTony SalvatoNBC
The HeistPaul DanielsHBO






Three Penny OperaTiger Brown, Old WhoreSam WoodhouseSan Diego Rep
ScroogeMarley, Present, FutureJack ShousePCPA Theaterfest
Dixie HighwayCarlWill RobersonGaslamp Theatre
The Cradle Will RockEditor DailyRobert BenedettiSan Diego Rep
The Ghost & Mrs. MuirCaptain GreggJack ShousePCPA Theaterfest
Girl CrazyButchDaniel SullivanSeattle Rep
GypsyHerbieJack ShousePCPA Theaterfest
WorkingAnthony, FiremanJane HillRedwood Forum Theatre
Archy & MehitabelarchyRoy HallerPacific Arts Center
Three Penny OperaStreet SingerJohn GoingBarter Theatre
CyranoRenaudotMichael KiddThe Palace, NYC
Two Gentlemen of  VeronaMercatioMel ShapiroN.Y.  Shakespeare Festival
Who Am I?King/PrinceBeatrice StraightBrooklyn Academy Theatre
Young Abe LincolnAbe LincolnJay HarnickBrooklyn Academy Theatre





Taming of the ShrewBaptistaMark BooherPCPA Theaterfest
Billy BishopBillyJonathan DalyPCPA Theaterfest
Marriage of Bette & BooPaulWalter SchoenSan Diego Rep
Much Ado About NothingBalthazarAndrew ShaySanta Fe Rep
Passion PlayJimDouglas HughesSeattle Rep
Mandrake & The WeddingSiro & FriendDaniel SullivanSeattle Rep
FilumenaDomenico SorrianoRichard EdwardsTacoma Actors Guild
Richard IIIBuckinghamDavid HermanHumboldt State University
Anne Frank: WitnessAdolf HitlerIrene LewisHartford Stage Co.
Spoon RiverEnsemblePaul WeidnerHartford Stage Co.
BroadwayDan McCornCharles MaryanBarter Theatre
HernaniHernaniAlbert TakazauckasThe Open Eye, NYC
Troilus & CressidaTroilusAlbert TakazauckasThe Open Eye, NYC
VolponeNanoLawrence CarraGreat Lakes Theatre Festival


Clown, Pantomime, Juggling and Commedia Dell ‘Arte.

Irish, English, Scottish, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Russian, East European, and American Regional Dialects.


Sanford Meisner & Bill Esper

Donny Osman, Avner Eisenberg

Suzanne France, Elizabeth Howell, Peggy Norcross

Carlo Mazzone-Clementi, Joan Shirle

Clive Thompson & Audrey Cook, Antonio Fava & Giovanni Fusetti