Actor , Director, Author, Teacher
September 7, 1941 - November 25, 2005
Jeremy Whelan, Actor, Director, Author, Teacher, and creator of the Mosaic Acting System, died in Sacramento, California on November 25, 2005. Jeremy had been a professional actor for over thirty years. He starred in feature films, network television, at Lincoln Center, Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, regional theatre, repertory theatre. Any where and anyway that an actor can ply their craft, he did it, including commercials, on-camera and voice-overs. He worked in just about every facet of film, theatre and television, and directing numerous projects. From box office to stage manager, from pulling cable on video shoots to director of photography, boom operator etc.; he did it all.
His education in the field was very eclectic. Starting in the early sixties at San Francisco City College with James Heron, a respected member of ACT. He was simultaneously in a daily workshop at The Committee, a well know improvisational company, his teachers there included, Dick Schaal, John Brent and Del Close. The work was centered on Viola Spolin's Theatre Games. He spent over a year and a half in a daily workshop at The Second City in Chicago with Jo Forsberg as his teacher, again the work was concentrated on Spolin. He had many teachers in New York including Francis Amorati. He also worked with John Paul Voos in London, benefitting from John Paul's recent return from Poland where he had worked with Grotowski for a year. He spent six months at The Actors Studio in Los Angeles, where he observed Lee Strasberg working with Studio members. He also had workshops with Lee Grant and Bruce Dern during this period. Over the course of his career Jeremy had many other teachers too numerous to name. He started teaching acting in Hollywood in 1984 and taught all over the world, since. He published his first book on acting, THE ABC'S OF ACTING in 1990; his second book INSTANT ACTING was published in 1994 , followed by NEW SCHOOL ACTING and then NEW SCHOOL ACTING II in 1999. His final book and crowning achievement is THE MOSAIC ACTING SYSTEM. He is survived by his two children Raymond J. Schlogel and L.A. Whelan and his three grandchildren Kurstin Morgan, Jacob Dakota, Josephine Cheyenne Whelan as well as his siblings Patty McLaughlin, Michael Whelan, and John Whelan.