Jean-Claude van Itallie, Shantigar’s founder, artistic director, seminal in the explosive 1960's American theater, wrote, among many plays, acclaimed anti-Viet Nam war trilogy America Hurrah; The Serpent, a ceremony (with the Open Theater); Tibetan Book of the Dead or How Not to Do It Again; The Traveler; Struck Dumb (with Joe Chaikin); Light; The Fat Lady Sings. Co-librettist of the opera MILA, Great Sorcerer. Jean-Claude's books: Playwright’s Workbook; Chekhov the Major Plays (english versions); Tibetan Book of the Dead for Reading Aloud; Tea with Demons, Games of Transformation; Tomboy Duchess and Sir Baylor, Coming Out in Regency England. www.vanitallie.com
Acting and directing teacher, Michael Schreiber has worked extensively with Jean-Claude, participated in many of his workshops, and started co-teaching with him in 2018. Michael initiated and directs Shantigar's Young Artist Residency Program.
He also coaches artists, speakers, and entrepreneurs, helping them blend craft and business. Michael is an uchideshi, live-in student in Fredericksburg, Virginia, of the Japanese martial art of Aikido.