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Wendell Phillips

Associate Member of the Group Theatre, the Founder

New York Actors Repertory Theatre

New York Actors Repertory Theatre

Background Information

Employment History

Actors Theatre

Broadway Actor and Director and Group Theatre Member
Jean Shelton Actors Lab


Actors Theatre of San Francisco

Actors Theatre

Actors Studio

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Wendell Phillips, 1908-1991

Wendell acted in or directed over forty Broadway productions.Among his most notable roles were Grandpa Crane in "Comes the Revelation," Alfred Metcalf in "The Solid Gold Cadillac," Phillips the Actor in the Group Theatre Production of "Waiting for Lefty," and Billy Herndon in "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" for which he won a Best Supporting Actor award.He was a member of the Actors Studio, an associate member of the Group Theatre, the founder of the New York Actors Repertory Theatre and San Francisco's StageGroup Theatre.
Among the many actors and directors he worked with closely were Ethel Barrymore, Orson Welles, Elia Kazan, Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman.As a teacher, Wendell influenced actors all over the country, as well as inspiring a few of his students to form the Actors Theatre of San Francisco.Wendell died of complications from emphysema on October 6, 1991.He was 83 years old.We are proud to have known this great man of the theatre.Our productions and the Actors Theatre of San Francisco are dedicated to his memory.


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Chris Phillips- son to Jean and the great Wendell Phillips, and founder of the Actors Theatre of San Francisco.

Julie Dimas-Lockfeld-an actor/director from the Stage Group Theater led by Wendell Phillips. Extraordinary actor, director, teacher, healer. Faculty at the Shelton Studios.

Shelton Studios - Class Descriptions | San Francisco Acting Classes - Beginning to Professional levels - Scene Study, Script Analysis, Movement, Shakespeare, Film Acting, Film Directing, Cold Reading, Audtions, Career Seminars, Private Coaching

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Besides his parents, early artistic influences came from Broadway actor/director and Group Theatre member Wendell Phillips. He studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Shelton Studios - A Tradition of the Finest Actor Training Nationwide

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Having worked with Group Theatre members Stella Adler, Harold Clurman, Wendell Phillips, and acting genius Michel Chekov.

Staff members have included Jack Garfein (former director of the Actors Studio in Los Angeles), the legendary Stella Adler (teacher of Brando, DeNiro, and others), Harold Clurman (commonly thought of as the finest mind in American Theatre), Wendell Phillips (Group Theatre member, Actors Studio teacher/member, Broadway actor/director), and Former New York actor and recently referred by the Chronicle as the Bay Area's best actor Robert Elross.

Jean Shelton Actors Lab - San Francisco Film Acting & Theater Classes

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Past faculty included: legendary Stella Adler (teacher of Brando, De Niro), Harold Clurman (finest mind in the American Theater), Jack Garfien (Filmmaker and Head of Actors Studio Los Angeles), Wendell Phillips (Broadway Actor/Director/Teacher and member of the legendary Group Theatre and teacher for the Actors Studio in New York), Robert Elross (New York Actor/Director considered one of the finest actors in the country) and Jean Shelton has been a talent consultant for major agencies and television networks, and an acting coach for feature films and television.

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