Jim Shankman is originally from Chicago where he went to the Goodman School of Drama and performed with The St. Nicholas Theatre Company and The Body Politic during the birth of Chicago’s theatre scene, working with such artists as Mike Nussbaum and William H. Macy. He has been a New York City actor since the late 1970’s when he appeared on Broadway in Grease as Sonny LaTierri and Once In A Lifetime with John Lithgow and Treat Williams. Jim has been a frequent performer at the Dorset Theatre Festival, including roles in Moonlight and Magnolias, As Bees In Honey Drown and Rough Crossing. Other credits include Luv at Syracuse Stage directed by Terry Schreiber. As a founding member and Producing Director of Coyote Theatre in Westchester County, he produced an acclaimed revival of Menken and Ashman’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater and appeared in American Buffalo and Italian-American Reconciliation. Recent credits include the world premieres of Opus and End Days at Florida Stage and Sick and Jericho at The New Jersey Rep.
He has taught for 7 years at Michael Howard Studios and has studied acting with Michael Howard, Terry Schreiber, and Gloria Maddox.
Jim has a BA in Philosophy from Princeton University, and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. He is also a playwright with three productions in the New York International Fringe Festival: Suicide Math, Kiss Your Brutal Hands and The Screenwriter Dies Of His Own Free Will, which won a Fringe Festival Best Playwriting Award. His plays have had workshop productions and readings at the New Group, T. Schreiber Studio, Emerging Artists Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Penguin Rep and Michael Howard Studios. Suicide Math will be produced in January at ARC Stages in Pleasantville, NY.