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Artistic Director
Jack Stehlin

Managing Director
Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin

Associate Producer
Vanessa Waters


Board Chairman
Kent George

Board Members
John Bunzel
Christina Burck
Daniel C. Gibbons
Jack Stehlin
Jeannine Wisnosky

Advisory Board
David Trainer
Brenda Strong


JACK STEHLIN, Artistic Director

Jack Stehlin
You probably know Jack best from his longtime role as DEA Captain Roy Till on Showtime's Weeds. But he has also guest-starred on countless hit TV series such as Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, NCIS., ER, and NYPD Blue, and he has also had memorable recurring roles in fan favorites:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG and The Practice. Look for him in February on the new ABC comedy Love Bites, and on the CBS hit THE EVENT.

Film Credits
Jack's film credits range from the Weinstein Company’s wildly popular cult sensation, Boston Strangler: The Untold Story to the thriller tale Blackout Effect alongside Eric Stoltz. He collaborated with film legend Al Pacino in an unraveling interpretation of Oscar Wilde's once banned and most controversial work in the upcoming release, Wilde Salome. Written and Directed by Pacino, Wilde Salome is a scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn. Fall 2010, Jack completed filming the role of Marshall Jones in The Chicago 8, directed by Pinchas Perry. The Chicago 8 is based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.


Background & Stage
A descendent of circus trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobats on one side of his family, and coal miners and minor league ball players on the other side, Stehlin began his career at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School, landing a role in Henry VI, Part I with fellow alums Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer and Mandy Patinkin. After graduation, he joined the New York Shakespeare Festival, acting in dozens of plays including, Richard II, Henry V, Casanova, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, Don Juan and Romeo and Juliet, among others.

Inheriting the circus performer work ethic, Stehlin founded his theatre company Circus Theatricals (now The New American Theatre) in 1983. The company’s first performance was Chekov’s Uncle Vanya in which Jack starred opposite Kevin Spacey and Tom Hewitt. Now based out of Los Angeles, Circus Theatricals continues to thrive today, producing classic and new plays to critical acclaim. Jack runs the company with his wife and partner Jeannine, an actress/producer he met in 1995. Together, they have produced more than 50 plays in NYC and Los Angeles, including Harm 'sWay, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, The Circle, and The Job.

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LONG BIO (Theatre, Film, TV):

Jack Stehlin founded theatre company Circus Theatricals (now The New American Theatre) in New York in 1983, and has produced over 40 plays in NYC and Los Angeles.

For Circus Theatricals, Jack has appeared in Harm's Way (New York and Los Angeles,) , Alceste inThe Misanthrope, and the Man in the world premiere of Shem Bitterman's The Circle.

Los Angeles
Other Circus Theatricals/Odyssey Theatre Los Angeles stage credits include Petruchio in TheTaming of the Shrew, the title role in Macbeth (which he also directed), the title role in Tartuffe (LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble and Best Actor nomination), the title role in Richard III directed by Casey Biggs (Garland Award and a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle nominations), Lee in Sam Shepard's True West (which he also directed), the title role in Hamlet (directed by Casey Biggs) and 'Scapin' in Moliere's The Cheats of Scapin (which he also directed and co-adapted). Jack won a Garland Award and a Leading Male Performance nomination for the LA Weekly Awards for his performance of "Jim" in The Job. He also played the role Off-Broadway at the WPA. Other Circus Theatricals credits include Sir Toby Belch in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (which he also directed and won a Garland Award) , Orgon in the Spring '98 production of Tartuffe (which he also directed), Alceste (as well as directed) the Hudson Guild’s production of The Misanthrope (Drama-Logues for Performance and Direction, Garland for Performance),.Other Los Angeles credits include Charlie Fox in the Los Angeles premiere of Speed-the-Plow at the Odyssey Theatre (for which he garnered a Drama-Logue and Garland Award for Outstanding Performance), Chicken in Tennessee William’s The Kingdom of Earth at The Hudson (1996 Garland for Outstanding Performance Award), and Horton Foote’s West Coast premiere of The Habitation of Dragons directed by Crystal Brian at the Zephyr Theatre (for which he received a 1995 LA Weekly Award).

New York 
Jack played Stanley on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs directed by Gene Saks. Off-Broadway, in New York, he directed and played Macbeth at (C.S.C.) the Classic Stage Company.

At the New York Shakespeare Festival, he played Mowbray in Steven Berkoff’s production of Richard II, The Dauphin in Henry V with Kevin Kline (directed by Wilford Leach), and played Count De Bernis opposite Ethan Hawke in Casanova by Constance Congdon, directed by Michael Greif, played Sir Richard Vernon opposite Mandy Patinkin in Henry IV, I directed by Des McAnuff, Julius Caesar with Al Pacino and Martin Sheen, Alcibiades in Timon of Athens directed by Brian Kulick, Richard Foreman’s Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet directed by Les Waters. Mr. Stehlin appeared previously at CSC in Phaedra Brittanica, Don Juan and The Learned Ladies (all directed by Carey Perloff) .

At Primary Stages, Mr. Stehlin created the role of Bobby in Matthew Witten’s Washington Square Moves, a play he previously read at the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, of which he is an actor member.

Regional and International
A former member of the American Repertory Theater, Mr. Stehlin played Apollo in Robert Wilson’sAlcestis, which was also featured in the Festival D’Automne in Paris; Truffaldino in Andre Serban’sThe King Stag, which also played the Venice Bienale; JoAnne Akalitis’ The Balcony; Robert Brustein’sSix Characters; and created the role of Bobby Nobis in William Hauptman’s Gillette, directed by David Wheeler. At Hartford Stage, Mr. Stehlin played Sam Draycott in the American premiere ofHidden Laughter by Simon Grey, directed by Mark Lamos.

With John Houseman's The Acting Company, Jack played Damis in Tartuffe (directed by Brian Murray), Orsino in Twelfth Night (directed by Michael Langham), and Cleon in Pericles (directed by Toby Robertson).

Other regional credits include Philadelphia Drama Guild, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Missouri Rep, and Stamford Center of the Arts (again with Al Pacino in Salome).

TV and film credits include Guest Starring roles on "Monk," "Without A Trace," "NCIS," “JAG,” (recurring), “Buffy the Vampire Slayer ” (recurring ), “Judging Amy,” “The Practice,” “Crossing Jordan,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER,” “Blackout Effect,” “Get Real,” (Fox)“General Hospital,” (ABC) and “The Client” for Warner Bros. His voice can heard on A&E, including the voice of John Wilkes Booth on A&E’s “The John Wilkes Booth Story.” Jack continues his role this season as Captain Roy Till on the Showtime series "Weeds."

STEHLIN’S film credits range from the Weinstein Company’s wildly popular cult sensation, Boston Strangler: The Untold Story to the thriller tale Blackout Effect alongside Eric Stoltz. Most recently, STEHLIN collaborated with film legend Al Pacino in an unraveling interpretation of Oscar Wilde's once banned and most controversial work in the upcoming release, Salomaybe? Written and Directed by Pacino, Salomaybe? is a scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn. Fall 2010, Jack completed filming the role of Marshall Jones in The Chicago 8, directed by Pinchas Perry.The Chicago 8 is based on actual court transcripts of 8 anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

Los Angeles
Circus Theatricals/Odyssey Theatre directing credits include The Taming of the Shrew, TartuffeThe Cherry Orchard (with Alfred Molina and Stephanie Zimbalist), True West, by Sam Shepard, and The Cheats of Scapin.

Other Circus Theatricals directing credits include The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, Bender and The Shakespeare Chronicles at The Hudson Guild.

New York and Regional
Jack Stehlin has directed himself as St. Just in Danton’s Death at the Rapp Arts Center (NYC). Other directing credits include The Stronger and No Exit at The Acting Company Studio (N.Y.C.), Hedda Gabler at A.T.A(N.Y.C.)., Driving Miss Daisy at Stages Rep Theatre in Houston where he served as Artistic Director in ’88-’89, Speed-the-Plow at the Alley Theatre in Houston, and My Sister in this House for the Juilliard School fourth year repertory.

Jack Stehlin co-adapted The Cheats of Scapin (with Jeannine [Welles] Stehlin for Circus Theatricals and The Odyssey Theatre and Georg Buchner's Danton's Death at New York's The Rapp Arts Center

Mr. Stehlin began producing in 1983, the first of many productions being Uncle Vanya with Kevin Spacey. As Artistic Director of Circus Theatricals, Mr. Stehlin has produced over 40 productions. He also co-produced Gravity Shoes at The Hudson Avenue with John Bunzel (LA Weekly Award for Playwriting).

Jack Stehlin currently teaches the Circus Theatricals Studio Ensemble. He was also Visiting Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Theater for Winter 2005.

Mr. Stehlin is a graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of John Houseman’s The Acting Company.


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