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Sharon McCune

Ms. McCune is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University where she is teaching Shakespeare: Page to Stage, Acting (with an emphasis on Shakespeare) and previously taught a Senior Seminar for Theater Arts Majors (speaking with Arts Professionals, tools to work in the industry, survival skills, etc.). She has taught ESL to high school aged young people in China and adults in Japan, Turkey, Russia, and Brazil, is a past member of the Standardized Patient Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She has been on the judge’s panel thrice and readied students for the Public’s Shakespeare Contest, is a member of the Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Playwrights Collective, and was tapped as the first participant in the World Premiere of “The Monologue Project,” a collaboration between Empty Space and the Public Theater.

As an actor, Ms. McCune has worked at the Phoenix Theater under the direction of John Barton, Native Voices at the Autry, Barter Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, American Players Theater, New Harmony Theater, First-Stage Milwaukee, Quantum, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park, West Viginia University (Guest Artist) and PICT Classic Theater to name a few. She has a smattering of film and television credits, has audiobooks on several streaming platforms, and works often with Learning Ally, an early literacy non profit. She is a co-founding company member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, where she also served as Company Manager, co-Props/Wardrobe Mistress, and was charged with getting the company’s 501(c)3 status.

Sharon is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

Ms. McCune was PICT Classic (now Pittsburgh International Classic Theater) first Associate Producer and Curator of the Inaugural Expand the Canon staged reading series; received COVID Compliance Officer training, and taught on the team of three educators for the pilot Apprenticeship Program/PICTjr (Voice and Speech). She researched, wrote, and recorded the Land Acknowledgment. 

As the Curator for the Expand the Canon series and working closely with the staff at Rodef Shalom, she produced five works of diverse playwrights from marginalized communities in two countries, overseeing every aspect from reading and selection of plays, hiring directors and stage managers, securing rights of production, scheduling auditions/callbacks/rehearsals, casting, making offers, proofing copy, to hosting webinars, contacting playwrights, and giving curtain speeches as part of a diversity initiative to expand not only the plays but the family of production/acting staff at PICT.

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