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Michael Schantz is an actor and director whose work has been seen throughout the country and abroad. His screen credits include the upcoming film The History of Sound (directed by Oliver Hermanus, starring Paul Mescal), 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), including many independent feature and short films. Onstage he has worked with Wheelhouse Theatre Company; An Enemy of the People and Life Sucks, New York Theater Workshop; Othello (Directed by Sam Gold, Starring Daniel Craig & David Oyelowo), Page 73; You Got Older (world premier, directed by Anne Kauffman), 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, 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. He has worked 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. Michael has served as a faculty member at SUNY Albany, 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.

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