Shea returning to Quincy Community Theatre as education director

Staff, QCT

Brendan Shea | Photo courtesy of Quincy Community Theatre

QUINCY — Brendan Shea is returning to Quincy Community Theatre as the education director starting June 1.

In a press release, Shea said, “There are so many more stories left for us to tell together on the QCT stage. To say that I’m excited to reunite with our amazing students is a serious understatement. In my time since leaving Quincy, I’ve learned a lot about myself: who I truly am, what I want and (most importantly) where I belong. QCT isn’t just an artistic home. It’s my chosen community.”

Shea has an master’s degree in dramaturgy from Harvard University. Upon the completion of his degree, he held a variety of roles at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre, which included writing, directing, teaching and the development of the theatre’s education and community department. Shea served as the education director at QCT from January 2020 through August 2023.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brendan back to QCT,” Executive Director Burgundy Hill said. “He has already sparked a love of the performing arts in so many of QCT’s students. With his experience and enthusiasm, the future of the program is bright.”

As the education director, Shea will direct four student theatre productions annually, collaborate with area schools to teach in-class workshops and create a robust selection of classes at the theatre for performers of all ages. Through productions, classes, and outreach workshops, more than 5,000 area students are exposed to theatre education each year.

Shea will begin teaching classes this summer, including QCT’s Triple Threat Boot Camp in August. He will also direct “The Phantom Toolbooth,” QCT’s student theatre production in October.

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