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Terry Schreiber

Terry Schreiber

Director, Teacher, Founder of the T. Schreiber Studio
Born on Sunday, March 7, 1937

Interviewed on: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Location: His Studio
Interviewed by: Casey Childs
Interview #103
"You’ve got to find the internal connections that you make to this role if you’re going to touch me sitting out there in the audience, and move me, and convince me that I’m watching a real person up there."
Terry Schreiber Highlights
Video Length: 5 Minutes, 38 Seconds
Terry Schreiber Interview
Video Length: 1 Hour, 31 Minutes

Terry Schreiber is a director and teacher best known for founding the T. Schreiber Studio. His Off-Broadway directing and producing credits include: DOES ANYBODY HERE DO THE PEABODY? (1976), ALL THE WAY HOME (1976), CURTAINS (1977), FEEDLOT (1977), GLORIOUS MORNING (1978), and DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (1984). The T. Schreiber Studio began in 1969 with Schreiber teaching twelve actors in a converted loft on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Studio garnered a reputation for high quality productions and performances as it added more faculty and students and became involved in the beginnings of the Off-Off-Broadway movement. Today, the T. Schreiber Studio is considered to be one of the premier acting studios in New York City. Each year, Schreiber mounts a season of Off-Off-Broadway productions featuring his students in the works of classic and contemporary playwrights.

Terry Schreiber was born in Winona, Minnesota, and graduated from St. Thomas University with a BA in English and Speech. He began his career acting in summer stock and regional theater productions before transitioning into directing and teaching. On Broadway he has directed The Trip Back Down (1977), Devour the Snow (1979), and K2 (1983). He has directed at regional theaters around the country such as Syracuse Stage, the George Street Playhouse, and the Pittsburgh Public Theater. He served as Artistic Director of the Bradford Repertory Theatre in Vermont from 1972 to 1973. Internationally, he has directed numerous American plays in Japan and has taught at the French-American Cinema Theatre in Paris. He is featured in Eva Mekler’s The New Generation of Acting Teachers and has written two books himself entitled Acting: Advanced Technique for the Actor, Director, & Teacher and Producing on a Short Shoelace.

Mentioned in Interview

Tanya Berezin, John Bishop, Jeff Daniels, Uta Hagen, Dustin Hoffman, Stella Holt, Michael Howard, Milt Kamen, Walter Kerr, Christopher Martin, Marshall Mason, Patrick Meyers, Robert Moss, John Ford Noonan, Al Pacino, Joseph Papp, Edward Seamon, Kim Stanley, James Ray Weeks, Circle Repertory Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, FEEDLOT, GLORIOUS MORNING

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