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Albert Schultz as:

Mr. Spencer

Albert Schultz is an award-winning actor, director, singer, and producer. He was born in Port Hope, Ontario where he was inspired by his mother’s involvement in community theatre. He studied theatre at York University and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Early in his career Albert was a member of Robin Phillips young company at the Stratford Festival.

Between 1992 and 1996 Albert led roles on two CBC series; Street Legal and Side Effects. Other television work includes leading roles on CBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, Showtime and BBC. In 1997 he wrote, produced, and starred in the musical variety show Yonge at Heart which was a national radio and television event at the CBC.

In 1998 Mr. Schultz became the founding Artistic Director of the Soulpepper Theatre Company which has been acclaimed as “the finest theatre company in the history of Toronto” (National Post). With Soulpepper Schultz has produced over 70 productions, while acting and directing several. In 2005 his performance of Hamlet was hailed as “the performance of the year” by the Globe and Mail. Soulpepper celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2008.

Under his leadership, Soulpepper launched its Academy for the training of actors, designers, and writers, and in partnership with George Brown College, created a 55,000 square foot theatre complex in Toronto’s Distillery District – The Young Centre for Performing Arts, of which he is the General Director.

Albert Schultz has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Barbara Hamilton Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts, a Gemini Award, the Salute to the City Award, the Leo Award for Creativity and Innovation, the William Kilbourn Award as well as for Lieutenant Governor’s Awards. In 2008, Albert was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Queen’s University.

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