Jermaine McClure

Jermaine McClure

Theatre
Central Region
Little Rock, AR
    (501) 912‐2173 
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A day of instruction with Jermaine McClure is hands on learning that encourages students to think outside the box and expand their creativity. Jermaine believes in self-evaluation to assist in the growth of his students and creates an atmosphere that allows students to discover themselves as actors while becoming acquainted with the characters in a play.

In one of his programs, Jermaine portrays Langston Hughes and introduces students to the Harlem Renaissance and Hughes’ poetry about dreams that became a core message of the civil rights movement. Students write their own poems in the style of Hughes around their own personal dreams and their dreams for the world. Teachers are inspired to include poetry more regularly in their classrooms.

Jermaine also works with students in poetry slam activities which can be an introduction to expressive poetry reading to full-fledged poetry slams with faculty members serving as judges.

Background

Jermaine McClure is a native of Little Rock Arkansas. He attended Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he majored in Theatre and Political Science. Jermaine studied Acting at The Actors Studio in Little Rock under the direction and teaching of Nathaniel Lewis.

In 1995, Jermaine auditioned and was selected for the stage play “If These Shoes Could Talk”, produced by the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. This performance led to many plays at The Rep, including: “A Soldiers Play” (Crpl. Ellis), “Peter Pan” (Indian), and “To Kill A Mockingbird” (Tom). Jermaine also appeared in a production of “Exonerated” (Robert Earl Hayes) and ‘No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs” (Rawl) at The Weekend Theatre.

With efforts to increase his acting skills and knowledge, Jermaine performed and conducted workshops at high schools in Arkansas and Alabama as a participant of the Arkansas Arts Council, Arts In Education Program. In pursuit of a career in acting he enrolled in The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He received numerous scholarships throughout his tenure at the academy including the Cleavon Little Scholarship. After completing his studies, he was selected among several hundred students for a position with the Acting Company. He was the only African American male to graduate in a class of 150 students and was a recipient of The Angel Award, which recognized two students excelling in their talents while overcoming the odds.

After working at P.A.L., Jermaine auditioned and was accepted into an internship at The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, Alabama. This is where he sharpened his skills as an actor and beyond. He toured schools with a traveling team of actors, playing the roles of Lysander, Flute and Thisby in Shakespeare’s “A Mid Summer’s Night Dream.” The traveling team of actors also conducts children’s theater workshops in schools, where Jermaine provides lead instruction.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability:
Special Needs: Jermaine needs only able bodies and good energy.