Shane Patrick O'Neill is an actor, singer, and teacher based in Northeast Ohio. He holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance with a specialization in Musical Theatre from New York University's Steinhardt School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from Ashland University.
Shane’s favorite regional credits include Legally Blonde (Emmett), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip Tolentino), and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Man 2). He originated the principal role of Jinx Jamieson in the New York City industry reading of the new musical Babes at Sea. He was also featured in the orchestral premier of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World (Man 2) at White Plains Performing Arts Center. While at NYU Shane appeared in Sweeney Todd (Sweeney) , Baby (Nick), and The Light in the Piazza (Giueseppe).
On the local stage, his credits include Beck Center’s The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Forever Plaid (Frankie), and The Spitfire Grill (Joe Sutter), Lakeland Civic Theatre’s The Bridges of Madison County (Robert Kincaid) - which was named a "Superior Achievement by an Actor in a Musical" by the Cleveland Critics Circle - and The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), and Blank Canvas Theatre’s High Fidelity (Rob) and Avenue Q (Princeton). He frequently performs as a soloist with The Musical Theatre Project.
Shane resides in Medina, Ohio with his wife Alicia and their children Riley and Emmett. He has taught at Ashland University, Olmsted Performing Arts Center, and Lake Ridge Academy.
One could not ask for a more beautiful musical rendering of this show, since the two leads, Trinidad Snider as Francesca and Shane Patrick O’Neill as Robert, deliver Brown’s evocative songs with power, tenderness and deep feeling. - Cleveland Scene (The Bridges of Madison County)
O'Neill turns in a tremendous fun performance. He is so incredibly connected to the audience. He has charm, skill and a voice that is liquid gold. He is able to show all of his talents in this show, and he nails it. - tpography.blogspot.com (High Fidelity)
There is plenty of heart and vulnerability in the actors’ performances — especially those turned in by O’Neill, as Princeton, and Smith, as Kate Monster. - The News Herald (Avenue Q)
The cement of this production is the totally convincing relationship developed by Snider and O’Neill. Every touch, kiss, and extended eye contact screamed, “this is real love.” Very seldom do you see such real interconnectedness on stage. Bravo! - Broadway World Cleveland (The Bridges of Madison County)
If you like laughing, head to the Palace: I recently checked out the Palace’s first show of the season, I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change ... The four stars - Kiley McDonald, Shane Patrick O’Neill, Jeff Blim and Kelsey White - are chameleons who play so many different roles convincingly that at times it is difficult to tell who is who. - The Hippo (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change)
Gevaart as Percy and O’Neill as Sheriff Sutter also come equipped with gorgeous voices that turn mediocre material into something miraculous. His “This Wide Woods” and her “A Ring Around the Moon” (and everything else she sings) are wonderful. - Cleveland Jewish News (The Spitfire Grill)
What makes this production so very good is the care that was taken with casting ... Shane Patrick O'Neill is Prince Eric and has all the little girls (as well as quite a few big girls) swooning. - TalkinBroadway.com (The Little Mermaid)
The boys ... are more flesh and blood than caricatures ... And while “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” is not on the song list, it should be because the harmonies performed on stage are angelic. - Cleveland Jewish News (Forever Plaid)
... [the director] has found the perfect Ariel and Prince Eric in Kathleen Rooney and Shane Patrick O’Neill. They look, sound and astound like the animated versions, but bring to the stage heart and vulnerability that is theirs alone. - Cleveland Jewish News (The Little Mermaid)
To reach that level of expertise is in itself an artistic accomplishment. But to reach that mastery and then let go of it - so that the heart's emotional storm can be given free voice - turns a good sound into a soul-stirring whisper that reaches through the music to touch our dreams. Shane Patrick O'Neill plays Fabrizio with simplicity and vulnerability. His passion and superb technique are thrilling. - Scene Magazine (The Light in the Piazza)