Gerritt VanderMeer has been building a career as a professional performer and teacher for over ten years. He received a B.A. in theatre from Purdue University and an M.F.A. in acting from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Professional acting experience includes critically acclaimed work in classical, contemporary and musical theatre, and national exposure in film, television and commercials.
Career highlights include: appearing nationally as Harold Hill in the Broadway touring company of The Music Man, debuting at the Sundance Film Festival in a lead role in the film Maid of Honor, creating the role of Paul in the world premiere of Charles Strouse’s You Never Know with the Trinity Repertory Company, working opposite Whoopi Goldberg as a series regular on the web series Stream.
University-level teaching experience includes courses in voice and speech, acting for theatre majors and acting for non-majors. He created an eight-week career-building workshop for undergraduates. In 2008, as Interim Director of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club, Gerritt conducted the sixty-voice ensemble in more than fifty public appearances across the state and nation, culminating in a concert tour of South Africa. Currently, he teaches an ongoing voice and speech course for professionals at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) in Manhattan. Mr. VanderMeer is a Teaching Artist for the New York City Department of Education, where he works directly with learning-disabled and emotionally challenged students.
Gerritt can be seen in the soon-to-be-released comedy film short THE WALL, and the feature film THE FOREST IS RED.