Jedadiah Schultz is a rising actor who hails from Laramie Wyoming where he was part of Techtonic's "The Laramie Project," first as a character in the stage play (an actor played him) and then he was in the movie version. He has since moved to NY and was most recently in Daisy Foote's "Bhutan" at the Cherry Lane. His other theatrical credits include "Bus Stop" (Kansas City Repertory Theatre), "A Feminine Ending" (Portland Center Stage), and "Eurydice" (Staged Reading, The Roundtable Ensemble).
Jedadiah is now starring in the first NYC revival of Joe Roland's "On The Line" at the Canal Park Playhouse. According to press notes "On The Line" is about three life-long friends who take on their union, the factory they work for, and the strike that is ripping apart their small town. Called “brutally funny” by Newsday when it first premiered in New York, ON THE LINE is a heart-felt, timely and topical comedy about the bonds of friendship being pulled apart by labor, management and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? It's strange...I always knew I wanted to be an actor. When I was five years old I saw a sign for Pinocchio auditions and asked my mother if I could go. I was terrified and cried through the whole audition so I took a little hiatus and went back to work in the second grade with a production of "Camel Lot" about a rent a camel business.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? Peter Francis James. He was a favorite teacher in grad school, I would love to have the chance to share the stage and watch him work on a role.
3. What attracted you to "On The Line" and what do you hope audiences come away with after seeing the show? Our director Micheal Tisdale approached me about the project. He told me he was directing a play about three life long friends and he wanted to cast actors who had known each other for years as opposed to the couple of weeks you usually get in the rehearsal room. I didn't blink. The chance to collaborate with people I know and love on a wonderful play sounded like heaven. I hope audiences ruminate on friendship and what it means to be a true friend. How do you remain a good friend when you also have other responsibilities to your family and yourself. How are those lines defined?
4. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? Where is your favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? My favorite part of the rehearsal process is getting into costume. It doesn't matter how elaborate or simple the costume, my body latches on to the new clothes and it helps me release and fall into the role.
On this project we rehearsed in the theater the whole time, a rare treat in New York City. When I was working on my own I would walk a few paces over to the park and work right on the water.
5. What have you learned about yourself from being an actor? I am a very shy person. Acting helps me find the parts of myself that I want to incorporate in real life. I love gleaning insight from my characters strengths and weakness and using that knowledge to address my own.
6. What's the best advice you've ever received? I took a meteorology course in undergrad it was fascinating to see how crucial balance is for our eco system. We humans are a part of that same system and its just as crucial for us to remain in balance.
7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Running in Prospect Park.
7a. Favorite way to spend your day off? Brunch at Rose Water, Farmer's Market, Read the Paper, watch some sporting event. Dinner and drinks with friends.
8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-Briefs.
9. Favorite website? NYTimes.com, I check it a thousand times a day.
10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. I'm from the Rocky Mountains so magical lasso's carry extra significance.