Michael Schantz is an American stage and screen actor. Upcoming: Episode 302 on City on a Hill (Showtime). In development: The short film Paint with Heather Matarazzo. His Off-Broadway and New York credits include Othello (New York Theatre Workshop starring Daniel Craig), the Obie Award winning play You Got Older (Page 73), Life Sucks and An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse Theatre Company),The Slow Room (Performance Space NY), Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre), Fashions for Men (The Mint), The Notebook of Trigorin (The Flea) and Beyond Therapy (TACT). Regional work includes A Doll's House (The Denver Center Theatre Company), A Few Good Men (The Alley Theatre), Arms and the Man (The Guthrie Theatre), Love in the Wars (Bard Summerscape), Coriolanus (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey),The Great Gatsby (Virginia Stage Company), The Winter's Tale (Chautauqua Theatre Company), As You Like It (Continuum Company, Villa La Pietra). TV: City on a Hill (Showtime), The Blacklist (recurring NBC), Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu), FBI (CBS). Film: Thorp, The Girl in Apartment 3, Goodnight Death, Interference, among other independent feature and short films. He has collaborated with some of the finest theatre artists in the country including Sam Gold, Ken Rus Schmoll, Annie Dorsen, Ayad Ahktar, Clare Barron and Anne Kauffman. He has performed internationally in both Italy (Villa La Pietra) and Chile (Taller Siglo XX) and has taught Voice and Movement at New York Film Academy and the Chilean American Institute in Santiago, Chile. Michael has served as a guest director with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where he has directed productions of Mine by Laura Marks, Much Ado About Nothing (a mobile production visiting NYC schools and prisons), Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, Closer by Patrick Marber and Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo . He is a co-founder of Wheelhouse Theatre Company, who's productions of Happy Birthday Wanda June and Life Sucks received New York Times Critics picks, four stars in TimeOut New York, two Drama Desk nominations and a Lucille Lortel Nomination. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop and received his MFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
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