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Simon Provan

Simon Provan Simon Provan Theatre Assistant Professor Email: simon.provan@wlc.edu Phone: 414.443.8895

Simon Provan

Education

  • M.F.A., Acting, University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., Dramatic Arts, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Background

As one who is passionate about sharing my love for all things acting, I am truly blessed to be teaching performance at Wisconsin Lutheran College. I have been a member of Actor's Equity Association since 2002 and continue to perform professionally on-stage, on-screen, and on the mic. My resume includes performing on stage with In Tandem Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), Acacia Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, First Stage Children’s Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), New American Theatre (Rockford, IL), Milwaukee Shakespeare Company, IrishFest (Milwaukee, WI), goats and monkeys (Milwaukee, WI), Theatre X (Milwaukee, WI), American Players Theatre, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

On-screen, I have been the lead actor in several commercials, including spots for Kwik Trip/Kwik Star, Mill’s Fleet Farm, WG&R Furniture, Thedacare, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas, to name a few. Working with Salty Earth Pictures, I have been the lead in several feature films, most recently as August Star in “The Author, The Star, and the Keeper,” for which I received a Best Actor nomination at the International Christian Film and Music Festival.

As a voiceover artist, I am the spokesman for Vanguard Commercial Engines, can be heard singing a tune on an Ariens snowblower commercial, and have narrated videos and commercials for over 40 other entities. I’m also certified as an “Instructor in the Meisner Approach to Acting,” having completed four-weeks of intensive learning under the tutelage of master-teacher Larry Silverberg.

Special Interests and Research Topics

While I am a Stanislavski based actor, I continue to learn about and investigate other acting approaches, such as Viewpoints, Chekov, Viola Spolin, and Laban. I bring my knowledge of these techniques to the classroom, broadening each students experience while also encouraging students to learn even more approaches to acting.

Teaching

  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
  • Acting on Camera
  • Performance Studio 1
  • Performance Studio 2
  • Auditioning
  • Vocation in Theatre
  • Stage Makeup Studio
  • Theatre History

Theatrical Performances at Wisconsin Lutheran College

  • A Time of Hope: Songs from Broadway
  • Alone Together
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • She Loves Me
  • Valentine's Day
  • The Cherry Sisters Revisited
  • Life, Death, and a Few Things in Between: An Evening of One Acts
  • W;T
  • A Doll’s House
  • The Miser
  • Lily Dale
  • Sleepwalking
  • In Spite of Thunder: The Macbeth Project
  • Becky’s New Car

Memberships

  • Actor's Equity Association (AEA/Equity)
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA)