Founding Company Member
Michael Schantz is a New York based actor working in Theatre, TV and Film. Off-Broadway/NY: Othello (New York Theatre Workshop), the Obie Award winning play You Got Older (Page 73), The Slow Room (Performance Space NY), Life Sucks, An Enemy of the People (Wheelhouse), Couriers and Contrabands (TBG Theatre), Fashions for Men (The Mint), The Notebook of Trigorin (The Flea) and Beyond Therapy (TACT). Regional: Coriolanus (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), Love in the Wars (Bard Summerscape), The Great Gatsby (Virginia Stage Company), A Few Good Men (The Alley), Arms and the Man (The Guthrie), The Winter's Tale (Chautauqua Theatre Company), As You Like It (Continuum Company) and Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Film: The Girl in Apartment 3, Goodnight Death, Interference, Sheep Skin, Autumn Whispers. TV: FBI (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC). He has collaborated with some of the finest theatre artists in the country including Sam Gold, Doug Hughes, Ken Rus Schmoll, Sarah Benson, Annie Dorsen, Reed Birney, Ayad Ahktar, Clare Barron and Anne Kauffman. He has performed internationally in both Italy and Chile and has taught Voice and Movement at New York Film Academy and the Chilean American Institute in Santiago, Chile. He has directed productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Reasons to be Pretty, Closer and Rapture, Blister, Burn at Stella Adler's Conservatory Program. He is a co-founder of Wheelhouse and a member of New York Theatre Workshop's artistic family the Usual Suspects, where he participates as a regular collaborator. He received his MFA in Acting from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.