Kerry Shear

Kerry Shear is a native Californian, born and raised. She studied acting under the tutelage of Lee Strasberg in New York and Los Angeles and is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. A founding member of the original Los Angeles Actors Theater where she appeared in Eugene O'Neill's Hairy Ape, Arnold Wesker's The Kitchen, the world premier of Tina Howe's Museum, Prowlers, and The Mulatto's Orgy. Also a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater-West where she appeared in the world premiere of John Ford Noonan's Waiting For The Word, Why Emily Needs a New Outfit and The Woods by David Mamet. At the Strasberg Theater Center she appeared in Cowards, The Commitment of Bob, Biederman and the Fire Bugs and John Ford Noonan's Recent Developments in Southern Connecticut. In Boise, Idaho, she appeared with Wilford Brimley in A. R. Gurney's Love Letters. Kerry worked with John Casavetes on his theatrical piece Knives which later became the film Love Streams. She appeared in the Odyssey theater production of Three Penny Opera and she is most proud of her recent performances; on the Wisconsin stage in the world premier of Bill Svanoe's new comedy The Last Laugh and her portrayal of Gladys in the Deep Dish Theater Company's production of Athol Fugard's A Lesson From Aloes directed by Joan Darling.  She also played the lead in Deep Dish Theater's Third, the last play written by Wendy Wasserstein.  Her film credits include On the Nickel, The Hitch Hikers, Night Flowers, Talking Walls, and Lunker Lake. Kerry has appeared on "The Waltons", "Unsolved Mysteries", "Divorce Court" and numerous commercials. She taught acting at the Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles for many years as well as coaching privately.