Scheider in July 2014
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director|
|Relatives||Roy Scheider (father)|
Christian Scheider (born January 20, 1990) is an American actor, writer, and director.
Scheider was born in New York City, the son of actor Roy Scheider and actress Brenda Siemer Scheider. Scheider is a graduate of Bard College, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy and studied theater. Scheider also attended the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Born in New York City and raised on the eastern end of Long Island, Christian Scheider graduated from Bard College in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy, where he worked for three years as a peer and tutor in the Bard Prison Initiative, which offers B.A. and A.A. degrees to inmates serving terms in maximum security prisons. Also while at Bard, Scheider studied filmmaking and performed in many theatrical productions.
Acting in film, Scheider performed in Words and Pictures directed by Fred Schepisi opposite Clive Owen and Juliet Binoche, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. as was released nationally in 2014.
On television, Scheider guest starred on ABC’s primetime series Forever starring Ioan Gruffudd.
On stage in 2015, Scheider performed in the two-man play RED by John Logan at Guild Hall with Victor Slezak as Mark Rothko, and in 2017 performed in "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been..." by Eric Bently with James Earl Jones and Matthew Broderick.
Creating work for theater, Scheider has primarily produced original adaptations of American literature for the stage. In 2013, with the endorsement from his estate, Scheider co-adapted Ray Bradbury’s The Murderer with frequent collaborator Tucker Marder.
In 2014, Scheider and Marder were commissioned by the Parrish Art Museum to adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Galápagos with endorsement from the Vonnegut estate. The production featured a three-story set, a live orchestra, puppets, video and a twenty-six person cast including Oscar-nominee Bob Balaban.
In 2017, Scheider, Marder and Isla Hansen were commissioned by Guild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing arts to premiere their new experimental performance The Summit - a two act slapstick comedy about transhumanists.
For film, Scheider’s first documentary, A Dream Conferred about progressive education in Long Island, won the Youth Jury Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2005.
In 2012, Scheider co-produced and co-edited the Marfan Question, commissioned in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Medical Center for their first-of-its-kind interactive video resource program for people living with Marfan syndrome.
In 2015, Scheider co-produced and co-directed the documentary The Tree Prophet about self-identified climate prophet David Milarch, which had its premiere at the Santa Monica Film Festival in 2017 and won the Audience Award for Best Short Doc at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival.
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