Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Snapshot: Veteran St. Louis Actor Jerry Vogel Keeps Doing What He Loves

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Snapshot: Veteran St. Louis Actor Jerry Vogel Keeps Doing What He Loves

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In Snapshot, the arts and entertainment staff of the Post- Dispatch will speak with some of the people whose work they cover: artists and entertainers who live and work in the St. Louis area. The new, recurring feature debuts this week; look for more Snapshots in the weeks ahead in your A&E section and online at stltoday.com.

SNAPSHOT: JERRY VOGEL

Profession * Actor. He's appeared around the country and on nearly every stage in St. Louis.

Currently * Opening Friday as a troubled Irish businessman in "Shining City" at Upstream Theater

Next up * Playing a Viennese music teacher in "Old Wicked Songs" at New Jewish Theatre in March

Provenance * Creve Coeur, plus the lake house he's building near Perryville

Education * DeSmet Jesuit High School, the University of Missouri- Columbia, Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts; MFA from Lindenwood University

Age * 62

Nearest and dearest * Wife Elizabeth, their two daughters (Cheryl McKenna, chief financial officer at the JCC, and Army Capt. Tiffany Root, in Hawaii), two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

Getting started * "I had two mentors, Wayne Salomon and Bobby Miller at Theatre Project Company. They encouraged me when I had no belief in myself. They said, 'You're funny. And you're with us.' They made me want to get better."

Training * "My road was a little bit crooked. I got my BS at Mizzou in accounting, but when it came time to apply for jobs, I panicked. I did not want to do that! My mother said, do what you want to do, so I started afresh at Webster and had the best four years of my life."

The St. Louis theater community * "It's close-knit we all know each other, and we are friends. But I think it can be hard for new people. Every theater needs an open door."

The hardest thing * "Auditions, because I don't think we have ever figured out a good way of doing that. It's always tense, and people are never at their best under those circumstances."

The worst thing * "Going up (on my lines) on the opening night of 'The Price' at New Jewish. …

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