William Shuman is an actor and playwright. He made his New York stage debut in 1977 as Percy in Charles Dyer’s Rattle of a Simple Man, having first appeared on stage in Boston as the Gentleman Caller in Northeastern University’s production of The Glass Menagerie. He has had leading roles in Terrence McNally’s Witness, Charles Dizenzo’s The Last Straw as well as supporting roles Anouilh’s Antigone and Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano. His film work includes Simon Nuchtern’s horror film “Silent Madness”, Roger Corman’s “Street Walkin’ “, John Murray’s A Place Called Accident as well as several voices in Maciek Albrecht animated film, “Closer to You”. He has recently completed principal photography as Ettore in Adam Buncher’s “Hole in the Wall”.
Since coming to south Florida where he premiered “En Avant!”, November of 2011, William has appeared as Dr. Martin Dysart in Peter Shaffer’s Equus, the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show as well as multiple roles in a presentation of T.S. Elliot’s Murder in the Cathedral. He has also appeared with his son Alan Shuman on the internet TV program The Asylum. During the 1980’s he was seen frequently on the daytime drama, All My Children.
William is a founding member of The Abingdon Theatre Company in NYC which produced his play, The Most Important American Playwright since Tennessee Williams and held readings of several of his plays including Retirement Tango, Taking Selma’s Car, Seat of Knowledge and the Hibaku Piano. His short play The Lift has been presented at several venues. His screenplay “Practice, Practice, Practice” was optioned for production several times and his episode of LA Law was misplaced by its executive producer.
William received a BA in English and Economics from Boston University and an MBA in Marketing from the Wharton School but left the corporate world to pursue a life in the theatre.