Remembering Louis Scheeder
Dear Tisch Community,
It is with great sadness that I share the news that Louis Scheeder, our colleague, mentor, and friend passed away just after midnight on August 28th from frontotemporal dementia.
In recent days Louis had been surrounded by his loving wife, Patricia, and longtime colleagues Carrie Meconis, Daniel Spector and family friends who were with him until his peaceful end.
Some of us were able to visit him, sharing stories of our families and the school, reading favorite passages from Shakespeare, but most of all to express our love and respect.
Arts Professor, Director, Teacher
Louis Scheeder is an Arts Professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he is the founder and Director of The Classical Studio, an advanced training program in the Department of Drama. Furthermore he is the Associate Dean of Faculty for the Tisch School.
Louis specializes in using classical texts, primarily Shakespeare, for actor training. He believes that the command of language one gains translates into all other acting work, be it primarily physical, emotional, or verbal.
He served as the Producer of Washington’s Folger Theatre Group, was associated with the Manitoba Theatre Centre. And has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has directed on, off, and off-off Broadway and at regional theaters in the U.S. and Canada.
Additionally he has produced three off-Broadway shows, most notably Amlin Gray’s Obie-winner How I Got That Story.
Also Louis has contributed two chapters to Training of the American Actor.
And he has conducted acting workshops in Los Angeles, London, Havana, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Singapore, and Shanghai.
Some of his alumni include Jesse L. Martin, Rachel Botchan, Michael Laurence, Danielle Ferland, Andy Paris, Mia Baron, Arnell Powell III, Rachel Chavkin, Nick Walker, Jimmy Smagula, John Farmanesh-Bocca, Brandon Uranowitz, and John Lavelle. In addition to working actors, his students have gone on to populate a wide variety of performative professions including law, teaching, and the clergy.
Louis is a member of London’s The Factory UK. In addition he received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU and was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014.
Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App & All the Words on Stage
Finally All The Words on Stage: A Complete Pronunciation Dictionary for the Plays of William Shakespeare is a dictionary which Louis co-authored with Shane Ann Younts of the Grad Acting Program. Most importantly the book has now been turned into a mobile app for iPhone and Android. The Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App is the only complete audio dictionary available with over 5000 words.