Jeremy Geidt

Charles Jeremy Wollaston Geidt[1] (25 February 1930 – 6 August 2013) was a British-born American stage actor, comedian and acting coach. He was a Professor of Acting at Yale University, and later at Harvard University, being a founding member of both the American Repertory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre.[2]

Jeremy Geidt
Charles Jeremy Wollaston Geidt

(1930-02-25)25 February 1930
London, England
Died6 August 2013(2013-08-06) (aged 83)
OccupationActor and acting coach
Known forFounding member of the American Repertory Theater & the Yale Repertory Theatre


Jeremy Geidt was born in London in 1930, to financier Frederick Bernard Geidt, MC (1892-1955) and (Caroline) Audrey Willmer (1897-1992), daughter of Charles P. White, MVO, a physician to the Royal Family.[3][4] His first cousin, Mervyn Bernard Geidt (1926-1991), was father of Christopher Geidt, Baron Geidt, private secretary to Elizabeth II from 2007 to 2017.[5]

Diagnosed as dyslexic in his youth, he left Wellington College at the age of 16. He auditioned and was accepted into The Old Vic School, where he would later teach under Michel Saint-Denis. He married, had a daughter with actress Patricia Kneale,[2] and divorced. Around 1961, after appearing in stage and television productions, he began to tour with the satirical ensemble "The Establishment", comprising Geidt, Eleanor Bron, John Bird and John Fortune.[6] The group toured in the U.S., where he met his second wife Jan Graham in Washington, D.C.[2]

Geidt stayed in the States, becoming a founding member of the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1966.[2] He became a professor of acting at Yale University's School of Drama. He went on to become a founding member of the American Repertory Theater and an acting instructor at its Institute for Advanced Theater Training. He was also taught acting at Harvard University in 1998.[2] Of his students in his 2000 American Repertory Theater acting workshop, Geidt stated, "I'm hoping they come away with their imaginations touched, enlarged and having experienced something that is, hopefully, joyful...with something they found within themselves — or in the text — that they didn't know they had."[7]

Around 2000, Geidt was diagnosed with cancer. However, he refused to stop performing.[2] On 6 August 2013, he suffered a heart attack and died at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was 83 years old and is survived by his wife Jan, their two daughters, and his daughter by Kneale.[2]

Acting careerEdit

Film and televisionEdit

Although Geidt preferred a life on the stage,[2] he appeared in minor roles in several television series, films, and videos including:[8]

Partial stage workEdit

With the American Repertory TheaterEdit




  1. ^ Bulletin of Yale University, vol. 69, issue 24, 1973, p. 52
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Marquard, Bryan (7 August 2013). "Jeremy Geidt, 83; actor and teacher was founding member of American Repertory Theater". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  3. ^ Corpus Christi College Oxford Biographical Register 1880-1974, 1988, p. 230
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  5. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 2003, vol. 1, p. 1060
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  7. ^ Powell, Alvin (21 August 2000). "A class with character : Drama students are encouraged to act up". Harvard Gazette. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  8. ^ a b c Jeremy Geidt Biography. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  9. ^ Michael Pope (6 August 2013). "The Old & The New". Michael Pope. Retrieved 19 February 2014.A film by Michael Pope, commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for their New Year Eve show starring Amanda Palmer.
  10. ^ About the Artists: Jeremy Geidt. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  11. ^ 1992 Winners | Elliot Norton Awards Archived 8 August 2013 at Retrieved 8 August 2013.
  12. ^ "2014 Winners" (Press release). Boston Theater Critics Association. 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. The BTCA presented select awards in memory of longtime ART company member Jeremy Geidt, the legendary Julie Harris and the Huntington Theatre Company’s former Artistic Director Nicholas Martin.

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