Jeremy Geidt, with his friend Robert Brustein, left the Yale Repertory Theatre to found the American Repertory Theater. Through the plaudits of some 100 ART productions, Mr. Geidt became one of the region's most recognizable faces on stage. Off stage, he was a mentor to scores of actors he taught at Harvard University and to those with whom he shared the applause of thousands of theater-goers.
Mr. Geidt began his career in London's Old Vic theater, and his British upbringing could be felt in his voice, stories, and bearing. Ranging widely as an actor, Mr. Geidt brought his intelligence and energy to the works of Shakespeare and Chekhov, Samuel Beckett and Sam Shepard. His career was unique in stretching from acting with Richard Burton in England decades ago to coaching Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston for a State of the City address.
His roles included Alonso in The Tempest, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Gayev in The Cherry Orchard, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot, and Dodge in Buried Child. He appeared on Broadway in 1954's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Alfie! in 1964.