Starting December 9, Toronto’s Soulpepper presents the cherished holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life, reimagined as a 1940s live-radio broadcast. Directed by Soulpepper Artistic Director Albert Schultz and designed by Lorenzo Savoini.
Albert Schultz was born 1963 in Port Hope, Ontario and was drawn to acting through his mother’s community theatre work. He trained at York University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before joining the Stratford Festival Young Company under Robin Phillips where he played several leading roles including a lauded turn as Romeo.
Beginning in 1992, Albert spent three years on CBC’s hit television series Street Legal, followed by two seasons as the lead in the series Side Effects. His feature film work includes Beautiful Dreamers, I Love a Man in Uniform, Maximum Risk, Balls Up, Under My Skin, and most recently the lead in CTV’s made for TV film Shades of Black (a biography of Conrad Black) which aired in December 2006.
Albert is the Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company and General Director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Albert regularly directs and appears on stage with Soulpepper. As an actor, recent highlights include Hamlet (2004 & 2005), Uncle Vanya (2001, 2002 & 2008), Our Town (1999, 2006 & 2007), The Real Thing (2006) and The Odd Couple (2008 & 2016). He also leads the Soulpepper Academy and the company’s youth outreach and access initiatives.
Albert’s many honours include The City of Toronto Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award, the DareArts Foundation Cultural Award, The Toronto Arts Council William Kilbourn Award, the Salute to the City Award and the Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction. For his work on behalf of UNICEF, Albert received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal.
Albert has received Honorary Degrees from Queen’s and Bishop’s Universities in recognition of his contributions to Canadian Theatre. In 2013 Albert Schultz was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2014 he received the National Arts Centre Award for Artistic Achievement by the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation.
Born in Thornhill, Ontario.
YOUNG FAMILY DIRECTOR OF DESIGN, RESIDENT ARTIST, SOULPEPPER 2016: Set & Lighting Designer: Incident at Vichy, The Testament of Mary. Set Designer: A Doll’s House, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts I, II, III), The Odd Couple.
FOR SOULPEPPER: Set Designer: Marat/Sade, Happy Place, The Dybbuk. Set and Costume Designer: Eurydice. Set and Lighting Designer: Of Human Bondage (Dora Award).
OTHER THEATRE: Stratford Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Belfry Theatre, Neptune Theatre, COC, Canadian Stage and many theatres across the country.
OTHER: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy.