Michael Schantz is an actor and director whose work on stage and screen has been seen throughout the country and abroad. As an actor, most notably, he has worked on stage at The Guthrie Theater; Arms and the Man, The Alley Theater; A Few Good Men, The Denver Center; A Doll’s House, The Fischer B. Center for Performing Arts; Love in the Wars (world premier), Virginia Stage Company; The Great Gatsby, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey; Coriolanus and Villa La Pietra in Florence, Italy; As You Like It. In New York he has worked on stage at New York Theater Workshop; Othello (Directed by Sam Gold, Starring Daniel Craig), Page 73; You Got Older (world premier), Performance Space New York; The Slow Room (Directed by Annie Dorsen) , The Actors Company Theater; Beyond Therapy, The Mint; Fashions for Men, The Flea; The Notebook of Trigorin, The Barrow Group; Couriers and Contrabands, and Wheelhouse Theatre Company; An Enemy of the People and Life Sucks. His on camera work includes Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Starz), Three Women (Showtime), City on a Hill (Showtime), The Blacklist (NBC), Wu-Tang: An American Saga (Hulu) and FBI (CBS). He has served as a guest director at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, helming productions of Mine by Laura Marks, Closer by Patrick Marber, Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gionfriddo, Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute and Much Ado About Nothing which toured New York Metropolitan area public schools and prisons. He currently serves on the theater faculty at SUNY Albany, and has taught at New York Film Academy and the Chilean American Institute in Santiago, Chile. He is a co-founder of Wheelhouse Theater Company, whose productions of Happy Birthday Wanda June and Life Sucks received NY Times Critics Picks, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominations. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop and received his M.F.A in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.