Sheldon Metz was Co-Founder(with John Vornholt), of the Alliance Performance Center of Tucson, Arizona, (APC) a theatre facility for non-affiliated theatre companies in Tucson.
He also the Co-Founded (again, with John Vornholt), TADA- Tucson Alliance of Dramatic Artists, dedicated to the production of new, never produced plays.
Sheldon is an award-winning theatrical director and set designer, who began his long stage career in Chicago, Illinois, as a young boy. His first production, as an actor, saw Sheldon lost on stage in the vast sea of "trees," as he romped around the stage as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel." He was six years old at the time, but he was hooked. Over the years, he studied acting, directing and set design, primarily with Dave Schlessinger in Chicago, and, Robert Rivera, E. Peter Mauk and Patrick Riley, and with noted actor, Clu Gulager, in Los Angeles. He learned his set process from Emmy-award-winning designer, Rie Postel.
Among his numerous theatrical awards, Sheldon has received 20 awards from over 170 plays directed and 20 from over 83 set designs. His productions have been listed in a dozen Long Beach Daily Breeze Best of the Year Awards and named number one more than six times. Among his proudest directing awards - The Cover of Life; The Dresser; I'm Not Rappaport; The Elephant Man; and, The Beauty Queen of Leenane. His verison of Proof (Tucson-2009), was nominated for aMAC AWARD. Collected Stories was a most enjoyable and successful production due to the two actresses, Cynthia Jeffrey and Samantha Cormier, who both receivedMAC AWARD nominations.
As for sets, those ranked highest were - The Dresser; The Cocktail Hour; The Goodbye People; I'm Not Rappaport; Elephant Man; RAIN; The Wake; Proof (Los Angeles and Tucson); The Heiress.
In Los Angeles, Sheldon served on the boards of directors for Theatre Palisades, The Santa Monica Theatre Guild and The Kentwood Players at The Westchester Playhouse, where he served as president from 1994 to 1996 and again, from 2006 to 2008, and was the recipient of Kentwood's highest honor, The Board Award for Excellence. In Tucson, Sheldon served on Beowulf Alley Theatre's Artistic Development Committee (ADC) for three years.
Sheldon founded and served as Executive Director of A.C.C.T., too! - The Association of Commercial and Community Theatres - The West Coast Theatre Conference (Los Angeles) and The Theatre Conference (New York). He also served as a Producing Director for the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble (PKE), under the Artistic Direction of Dan Lauria. He has also taught beginning acting 101 and directing 101.
Sheldon was the chairperson of The Beowulf Alley Theatre's Old Time Radio Theatre Company. He also worked as a motion picture/television make-up artist for over nine years, working with some of the GREATEST NAMES in Film and TV.
Famed former/late Los Angeles Center Theatre Group Artistic Director, Tony Winner Gordon Davidson, called Sheldon, his "go to guy."
Sheldon always directed theatre with the permission of his wife, Linda. Many
For those who've asked...
Sheldon has been on stage since the age of six. He starting directing as a 16-year-old teen in Chicago and later in Los Angeles, but has remained involved in almost every aspect of the performing arts. He founded and served as Executive Director of A.C.C.T., too!
- in Los Angeles, and as Director of the West Coast Theatre Conference
(Los Angeles) and The Theatre Conference
(New York). He served as a Associate Artistic Director and Producing Director for the Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble
, under the Artistic Direction of Dan Lauria, where he also directed professional readings and productions. He has taught beginning acting and directing. Gordon Davidson, Director and Founding Artistic Director of the Los Angeles County Music Center, called Sheldon his "go-to-guy."
Sheldon directed the world premiere of CEREMONY, starring James Avery (Fresh Prince of BelAir), Craig Wasson and Reno Wilson (Mike and Molly) (L.A.), On The Head Of An Angel, with Michael Murphy (Tanner '88 & The Bridge) (L.A.), Happy Trails, with Christine Joelle (L.A.), The Witch of Endor, with Jennifer Grant (Beverly Hills, 90210), Garrett Brown *(American Crime Story & Sisters) and Janice Lynde (General Hospital) (L.A.), Goldberg’ Kadish, with Richard Kline (Three's Company) and Lewis Arquette (Waiting for Huffman & Best in Show)(L.A.), P. J. Berry's The Octette Bridge Club (L.A.), Noche de los Meurtos (Gavin Kaynor-World Premiere) (Tucson). He helmed A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters starring Bonnie Franklin (One Day At a Time) with Tony Musante Toma) , and Karen Valentine (Karen & Room 222) with Richard Kline, as well as the West Coast premiere of My Father’s House, with Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) and Len Lesser (Seinfeld), and P.J. Barry’s After the Dancing in Jericho, with Scot Renfro (all in L.A.). His acclaimed production of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre for Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, starred Joe Rusnak (Alias) and Joshua Schulman.
He’s received twenty directing awards including those for The Cover of Life (Best of Year), I’m Not Rappaport (Best of Year), The Cocktail Hour (Best of Year), The Elephant Man (Best of Year), Play It Again, Sam (Best of Year), The Dresser (Best of Year) and PROOF Meredith M. Sweeney (In the Path of Eli) (Best of Year). In addition to those above, his versions of Educating Rita Leigh Kelly (Cold Case) , A Few Good Men, After The Dancing In Jericho and The Sunshine Boys, also received Best of Year awards from one or more of Los Angeles’ publications.Sheldon is also an award-winning set designer with 20 awards on his shelf.
His Tucson productions include:
Noche de las Meurtos
The Beauty Queen of Leeann
the World Premiere ofFronting the Order
A Rare Pattern, starring, Margot Kidder
The Cemetery Club
All In The Timing
The Death of Trotsky
the World Premiere of Emmet, Down In My Heart,
25 Questions For A Jewish Mother
Sheldon has been the Emcee for Dillinger Days for 7 years, at the Hotel Congressand Southern Arizona Transportation Museum events.
In 2009, he was awarded best director of the Old Pueblo Playwrights’ Play-in-a-Day, in Tucson, AZ. Sheldon thanks his wife Linda who allowed him to do this (and occasionally collaborated, as well).
Sheldon is also licensed to perform wedding ceremonies and has done many in Tucson.