Jack Heller

 

Jack Heller appeared in Henry Jaglom’s “Queen of the Lot” as well as his long running play, “Just 45 Minutes from Broadway.” He was artistic director of the Laurelgrove Theatre Co. where his theatre received four Ovation awards for acting in the first three seasons. He has directed over 60 productions in the US and Canada. He directed several episodes "Mary. Hartman, Mary Hartman". He worked for two and one half years at Beit Shuvah, a halfway house for addicts using theatre techniques to aid in their recovery. As an actor he has guest starred in many television series and was in two long running shows in Los Angeles, ''Nuts'' and "Tamara". His last theatre project where he acted and directed won him the LA Weekly award for best actor and best ensemble for "The Lost Plays of Tennessee Williams".  He won a Dramalogue Award for a one man show "Dr. Galley". His theatre productions as an actor/ director have won many critic's choices and critic's picks. He studied at New York University and with Harold Clurman and Robert Lewis of the Group Theatre. He has appeared on Broadway in "One by One" and "LUV" as well as the National Company of "LUV;'. He toured Italy around Rome and Milano in "Tamara". He has taught at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and taught a workshop in Rome. He is also a lifetime member of The Actor's Studio in the Directing and Acting units.

 

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  • “Besecker’s concept is that Tennessee Williams (the great Jack Heller) had an inner child….so vividly does the play depict the great writer’s misbehavior, isolation, terror, and misery" - LA TIMES
  • “Heller, who has played Williams before, lends gravitas to the character…..amidst the pageant of drugs and alcohol” - LA WEEKLY
  • “Notable as larger than life Williams, LA theatre veteran, Jack Heller, reveals the acute vulnerability beneath his selfishness, roar, and bluster…a tour-de-force" - THE BURBANK LEADER
  • “Heller plays Tennessee convincingly, and with a deep commitment to the role….his fusion with his inner demonsis physically expressed either fiercely sexually, or gently lovingly, but always emotionally effectively” - LA EXAMINER
  • “Heller is damn great as Tennessee…..can be upset one second, personable in the next second, he brings forth William’s demons and tarnished angelic qualities ...simply amazing” - LIFE IN LA
  • “LA veteran Jack Heller resembles the playwright and totally commits to everything” - STAGE HAPPENINGS
  • “Heller’s intelligent and sensitive portrayal gives us a Williams who is desperate to ward off ennui, and manage his ever-increasing inadequacies” - NOHO ARTS DISTRICT
  • “A powerful Jack Heller shows us the boozy egomaniac who constantly struggled with success and failure” - ONSTAGE LA
  • “Jack Heller is excellent, in an expressive, heart-rending performance” - THE TOLUCAN TIMES