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The Rehearsal Club
Inc. 2019



​​​​​​​​​​​"Dedicated to telling the story of The Rehearsal Club, to preserving its
legacy and to inspire and support future generations of aspiring young artists."


Gale Wilson  Shaw Patron
​RC 1964 - 1966 ​​
Three generations of theatre professionals preceded my birth in 1945. My French born Dad was an aspiring but struggling actor during the 40’s in New York City. My French grandmother, Germaine Wilson, was president of The Rehearsal Club for 12 years and the daughter of the great Belle Époque actress Réjane. Family stories of an illustrious and faded European past fascinated me, but war changes families as well as history. 
Writing and performing plays throughout my youth in New Jersey was followed by time at Western College whose theatre department sealed my passion to pursue a career in New York and to audition for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was accepted at the AADA and moved into The Rehearsal Club. After graduating from the AADA,  my career included a few stints off Broadway, industrial films and summer stock before marriage intervened.

Moving offshore to the Caymans with banker husband and my two baby girls landed me in a colony of culturally starved but talented and resourceful ex-pats ready and willing to produce theatre.   The next ten years was devoted to every aspect of production on a high, regional level.  The National Theatre was created during my time as Director.

I returned to NYC in 1979 rewarded by the perfect job as one of the administrators and directors of Symphony Space, the “corner-store of the arts” on Broadway and 95th. My cherished six years there were as culturally enriched and diverse as the place itself.

Me, opening the door to . . .
Symphony Space  90th Birthday Celebration
of Aaron Copeland, November, 1993

Then a new marriage swept me off my feet and back to the tropics in Puerto Rico, where new skills were honed first in radio production, and then creating an advertising company specializing in all types of creative audio recordings.  My husband Glenn and I played major roles in performance and production of English-speaking theatre, TV commercials, corporate events and “novella” gigs.   

The rest of the time we spent restoring and cruising beautiful old sailboats which culminated in a three year journey on both sides of the Atlantic.  The Accidental Captain tells the tale for all.

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​​Now retired in Coconut Grove, Fl and actively involved in many non-profits, my life is full. I am committed to sustaining the legacy of The Rehearsal Club before our generation of residents is gone.  It's a personal thing!

Gale & Glenn Website
  1. Managing Director

Rejané arriving at the Notorious Hyde Costume Ball in NYC, 1908 as
Marie Antoinette

Mrs. Philip D. Wlson
né Germaine Porel
Rehearsal Club President 1966-79


Professional Arts & Business Background

Business Arts Experience:

Creator, Owner and President of HoldPlus, Inc., foremost"On-hold telephone marketing" company in the Caribbean and Central America, with specialties in multi-language audio writing, directing, producing.

Recent Theatre Credits:

Director; Black Comedy by Peter Schaeffer, largest audience attendance in 20 years in San Juan, PR

Acting; roles in San Juan productions include leading roles in:  
Rumors (Civic Theatre), Blithe Spirit (San Juan Repertory Theatre), Dining Room (Civic Theatre), Theatre a ja Carte (Cisne Productions),  Cemetery Club (Phoenix Players).  Industrial films in Miami, Fl.

          Professional Performing Arts Experience: New York

Symphony Space Performing Arts Center New York, N.Y.
                   1980-1985 -Producer-Director, 1981-82 Marketing Director
                   1980 -Audience Development Director
                   1979 - Program Director