BIO

Dr. Danny Scheie has played principal roles, (including in world premieres by playwrights Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Amy Freed, Daniel Handler, James Magruder, Dan Le Franc, Danny Hoch, Lanford Wilson, Migdalia Cruz, Doug Holsclaw and Charles Mee) at Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, DC’s Arena Stage and Folger Theater, The Old Globe in San Diego, Yale Rep, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Trinity Rep (RI), Arizona Theater Company, Asolo Rep (FL), Actors Theater of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, A Noise Within (LA), Two River Theater (NJ), Merrimack Repertory Theater (MA), and elsewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area at Aurora, Theaterworks, Marin Theater Company, The Magic, The Marsh, Rhino, San Jose Rep and thirteen seasons each with California Shakespeare Theater (where he last played Richard III ) and Shakespeare Santa Cruz (including three seasons as Artistic Director).  He was directed in these roles by Jason Eagan, Frank Galati, Daniel Fish, Liesl Tommy, Lila Neugebauer, John Rando, Tony Taccone, Les Waters, Aaron Posner, Nicholas Martin, Molly Smith, David Ivers, Shana Cooper, Lillian Groag, Christopher Liam Moore, Sarah Pia Anderson, Mark Rucker, Sean Daniels, Jonathan Moscone, Michael Edwards, Sharon Ott, Art Manke, Joel Sass, Tom Ross, Kirsten Brandt, and Eric Ting.  He has thrice received the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Leading Actor; twice for Supporting Actor and once for directing.  He has also received LA Dramalogues, the New Jersey Tony as well as  Ovation, Helen Hayes (DC),  and Robbie (LA) nominations.  He received his Equity card playing Damis in Moliere’s Tartuffe opposite Roy Cohn, Lucille Bluth, and Bride of Chucky (aka Ron Leibman, Jessica Walter, and Jennifer Tilly respectively) in downtown Los Angeles.  Television credits include Nash Bridges (CBS) and Almost Family (Fox).  He holds a professorship at UC Santa Cruz, a BA from Indiana University, and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Shakespeare’s Comedy

PRESS

“MAGNIFICENT”

- New York Times

“IMPISH SEDUCTIVENESS, SHREWDNESS AND HEART”

 

“HE MANAGES THE IMPRESSIVE FEAT OF GIVING A PERFORMANCE

THAT’S EQUAL PARTS EXCESS AND EXACTITUDE”   

- Variety

 “BLISSFUL LUNACY”

 

“TIRELESSLY AMUSING”

- Los Angeles Times 

“THE ACTOR SIMULTANEOUSLY NAILED THE THEME AND LANDS THE LAUGHS…

SCHEIE FOUND THE SWEET SPOT BETWEEN GAGS AND GRAVITAS. 

GILDING A MONSTER COMES EASY TO THE ACTOR WHOSE TRADEMARK ANTICS

ARE BULGING EYEBALLS AND A VOCAL RANGE THAT SLIPS FROM BABY-SOFT WHISPER

TO BARKING BRAVADO IN A NANO-SECOND.”

- American Theater Magazine

“DELIGHTFUL…SO GIDDILY UNLEASHED THAT YOU CAN’T LOOK AWAY”

- Washington Post

“IT WOULD REQUIRE THE BRUTAL DESTRUCTION OF A PROTECTED FOREST’S WORTH OF

CALIFORNIA PINES TO PRODUCE ENOUGH PAPER ON WHICH TO WRITE THE PRAISES OF SCHEIE.”

- CBS

“OUTRAGEOUSLY FUNNY”

 

“COMIC BRILLIANCE…MASTERFULLY FUNNY…DAZZLING”

 

“APPLAUD THE GUT-BUSTING MASTER COMIC DANNY SCHEIE.”

 

“VETERAN ACTOR DANNY SCHEIE GIVES A TOUR DE FORCE…AS MANIACAL AS HE IS METICULOUS…

THE AUDIENCE BECOMES PUTTY FOR SCHEIE TO MANIPULATE.”

 

“CAN BAY AREA THEATER JUST CANONIZE SCHEIE NOW AND GET IT OVER WITH?”

“SCHEIE SUCCEEDS MOST AS RICHARD WHEN HE GETS TO PLAY AGAINST TYPE:

WHEN HE BREATHES HIS SOLILOQUIES INTO A HANDHELD MICROPHONE,

AS SELF-SERIOUS AND VACANT-EYED AS AN EMO BAND"S FRONTMAN."

- San Francisco Chronicle 

“DANNY SCHEIE IS UTTERLY WICKED YET ADORABLE AT THE SAME TIME…

WITHOUT DOUBT, DANNY SCHEIE HAS DEVELOPED FOPPERY INTO HIGH ART,

MUCH AS MADONNA DID WITH VOGUING.”

- Journal of Restoration Drama

"I DON'T KNOW WHY EVERYTHING DANNY SCHEIE SAID MADE ME GIGGLE BUT IT DID."

 

"WHEN YOU HAVE A PERFORMER LIKE DANNY SCHEIE TO WORK WITH,

IT'S HARD TO GO WRONG…SCHEIE NEVER FAILS TO DELIGHT."

- Huffington Post

"A JAW DROPPING TOUR-DE-FORCE"

- St. Petersburg Times

“UNFAILINGLY HILARIOUS”

“SCHEIE'S STAR-MAKING PERFORMANCE NAILS CHEERFUL,

BRITTLELY SELF IMPORTANT EGOMANIAC GREGOR'S LARGER-THAN-LIFE-PERSONALITY,

LUST FOR LIFE, AND COLORFUL, SELF-AGGRANDIZING PUFFERY."

- Orange County Register

“UNIQUELY GIFTED…A TRUE STAR…COMEDY NIRVANA.”

 

“A MASTERFUL CREATION AND SCHEIE IS A WONDER.”

“AS AN ACTOR AND DIRECTOR, THERE IS SEEMINGLY NOTHING

DANNY SCHEIE CANNOT DO…EXTRAORDINARY.”

 

“IT’S SO EXCITING YOU’D LIKE TO STOP THE SHOW AND ASK HIM TO DO IT AGAIN—

STUNT COMEDY AT ITS FINEST.”

“CONSISTENTLY ELECTRIFYING... SCHEIE’S EXPERTISE

KEEPS THE CROWD UNDER HIS SPELL…A TRIUMPH.”

- Theater Dogs

“HE PROVIDED THE SEASON’S GREATEST LAUGHS.”

- New Jersey Star Ledger

“WE WAITED FOR HIM TO COME ON STAGE TO MAKE US LAUGH.”

- Arizona Daily Star

“A BRILLIANT COMIC TURN BY DANNY SCHEIE….IS LIKE SEEING CALCULUS COME TO LIFE —

THE PROOF IS AS ELEGANT AS IT IS TRUE.”

- KQED

“GLORIOUSLY FUNNY…WHERE SCHEIE IS CONCERNED,

YOU CAN ALWAYS TELL YOU ARE IN FOR A HOOT.”

- San Jose Mercury

“UPROARIOUS…HYSTERICAL…THIS IS A BRILLIANT TOUR DE FORCE OF COMIC ACTING.”

 

“BRILLIANT…SMART AND FUNNY AND FILLED WITH WONDER.”

 

“OUTSTANDING…IT’S A TOUR DE FORCE OF WONDERFUL ACTING.”

 

“SIMPLY HILARIOUS”

- Talkin’ Broadway

“BRILLIANT”

 

“AGILE, ENERGETIC, AND RELENTLESSLY FUNNY…WITH HIS COMPACT FRAME,

WELL MODULATED VOICE AND PINPOINT TIMING, HE LIGHTS UP EVERY SCENE. 

HIS PERFORMANCE SHOULD COME WITH A WARNING: SEE IT ONCE,

AND YOU MAY FIND YOURSELF WITH A BURNING DESIRE TO SEE IT AGAIN.”

 

“UNCANNY ABILITY TO RELATE TO THE REAL AUDIENCE WHILE SOMEHOW

STAYING WITHIN THE WORLD OF THE PLAY”

- San Francisco Examiner

“DANNY SCHEIE IS A TOTAL HOOT…DELIVERING A PERFORMANCE

THAT GIVES NEW DEFINITION TO ‘QUIRKY.’  HE’S HILARIOUS.”

- Broadway World

"WONDERFULLY FRESH AND DELICIOUSLY RIDICULOUS…

UNIQUE IN ALL THE WORLD.  HE EASILY STEALS THE SHOW.”

- Press Democrat

“FUNNY AS HELL”

- San Francisco Weekly

“SCHEIE GIVES A MARVELOUS PERFORMANCE … HEARTBREAKING

IN ITS SENSITIVITY AND AWARENESS.  HIS SPECTACULAR RANGE AND

TIMING ALLOW HIM TO COO OR RAGE IN SPLIT-SECOND INTERVALS,

ALL THE WHILE MAINTAINING A GUILELESS CHARM.”

- Sacramento Bee

“UNPARALLELED”

“DANNY SCHEIE IS A SCENE STEALING DYNAMO.”

Edge Media Network

“...THE LINGUISTICALLY CHALLENGED MAYOR SHINN

(DANNY SCHEIE WITH GREAT RESTRAINT THAT MAKES

HIS CHARACTER EVEN FUNNIER THAN WRITTEN)..."

 - TUSCON WEEKLY

“AS GREGOR, DANNY SCHEIE MANAGES AN ELUSIVE COMBINATION

OF SELF-AWARENESS AND EARNEST PRETENSION .  HIS SARCASM AND

EGO ARE OVERSIZED YET UTTERLY BELIEVABLE."

- Stark Insider