About Jack Stehlin
You may know SAG nominated actor Jack Stehlin best from his longtime role as DEA Captain Roy Till on Showtime's Weeds, or from one of his many guest-starring roles on countless hit TV series such as NCIS-Los Angeles, Dark Blue, Without a Trace, Monk, NCIS, Love Bites, ER, NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, JAG and The Practice.
If you're a fan of the theatre, perhaps you've seen him on the stages in New York, Los Angeles, regionally and abroad. A graduate of the acclaimed Juilliard School, Jack has been entertaining audiences in both modern plays and the classics, comedy and drama - garnering awards and critical acclaim. Jack also serves as founding artistic director of The New American Theatre.
Also a director, Jack has directed many stage plays. His short film Game 7 is currently making the festival circuit.
A descendent of *Australian Aboriginal/Afro-Carribean circus trapeze artists, jugglers, and acrobats on one side of his family, and Irish coal miners and minor league ballplayers on the other side, Jack began his career at New York’s prestigious Juilliard School, landing a role in Henry VI, Part I with fellow alums Kevin Spacey, Val Kilmer and Mandy Patinkin. After graduation, he joined the New York Shakespeare Festival, acting in dozens of plays including, Richard II, Henry V, Casanova, Julius Caesar, Timon of Athens, Don Juan and Romeo and Juliet, among others.
In Showtime's hit comedy series Weeds, JACK STEHLIN co-starred alongside Mary Louise Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon as “Captain Roy Till” of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). A role that originated as one scene during Season 2 quickly evolved into a fully realized, dangerous, yet humorously sardonic law man out for revenge. Jack shared a 2009 Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) nomination for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series”.
Constantly lighting up the small screen, Jack has guest-starred on countless hit TV series such Without a Trace, Monk, NCIS, NCIS-LA, ER, Love Bites, JAG, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Practice, and more.
Film credits include the filmed stage play Salome with Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain, to Pacino's Wilde Salome, an unraveling interpretation of Oscar Wilde's once banned and most controversial work. Other films include the Weinstein Company’s wildly popular cult sensation, Boston Strangler: The Untold Story, and Chicago 8, a film based on the anti-war protesters on trial for conspiring to cause riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
NEW YORK STAGE
Jack played Stanley on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs directed by Gene Saks. Off-Broadway, in New York, he directed and played Macbeth at (C.S.C.) the Classic Stage Company. At the New York Shakespeare Festival, he played Mowbray in Steven Berkoff’s production of Richard II, The Dauphin in Henry V with Kevin Kline (directed by Wilford Leach), and played Count De Bernis opposite Ethan Hawke in Casanova by Constance Congdon, directed by Michael Greif, played Sir Richard Vernon opposite Mandy Patinkin in Henry IV, I directed by Des McAnuff, Julius Caesar with Al Pacino and Martin Sheen, Alcibiades in Timon of Athens directed by Brian Kulick, Richard Foreman’s Don Juan, and Romeo and Juliet directed by Les Waters. Mr. Stehlin appeared previously at CSC in Phaedra Brittanica, Don Juan and The Learned Ladies (all directed by Carey Perloff). At Primary Stages, Mr. Stehlin created the role of Bobby in Matthew Witten’s Washington Square Moves, a play he previously read at the O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, of which he is an actor member.
Inheriting the circus performer work ethic, Jack founded his theatre company Circus Theatricals (now called The New American Theatre) in 1983. The company’s first performance was Chekov’s Uncle Vanya in which he starred opposite Kevin Spacey and Tom Hewitt. Now based out of Los Angeles, The New American Theatre continues to thrive, producing classic and new plays to critical acclaim. Jack runs the company with his wife and partner Jeannine, an actress/producer he met in 1995. Together, they have produced more than 100 plays in NYC and Los Angeles, including Creditors, More Lies About Jerzy (written by Davey Holmes, directed by David Trainer) Harm's Way, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Hamlet, Richard III, Tartuffe, True West, The Cheats of Scapin, The Circle, and The Job, and so many more. Other notable artists in the New American Theatre include actor Alfred Molina, Jil Gascoine, director David Trainer and actors Robert Cicchini and Jordan Lund, among others.
Regional and International
A former member of the American Repertory Theater, Mr. Stehlin played Apollo in Robert Wilson’s Alcestis, which was also featured in the Festival D’Automne in Paris; Truffaldino in Andre Serban’s The King Stag, which also played the Venice Bienale; JoAnne Akalitis’ The Balcony; Robert Brustein’s Six Characters; and created the role of Bobby Nobis in William Hauptman’s Gillette, directed by David Wheeler. At Hartford Stage, Mr. Stehlin played Sam Draycott in the American premiere of Hidden Laughter by Simon Grey, directed by Mark Lamos.
With John Houseman's The Acting Company, Jack played Damis in Tartuffe (directed by Brian Murray), Orsino in Twelfth Night (directed by Michael Langham), and Cleon in Pericles (directed by Toby Robertson).
Other regional credits include Philadelphia Drama Guild, Indiana Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Paper Mill Playhouse, Baltimore Center Stage, Missouri Rep, and Stamford Center of the Arts (again with Al Pacino in Salome).
*Colleano's all-star Circus
Jack's family were famous Australian Aboriginal/Afro-Caribbean/Irish circus and vaudeville performers. Under the stage name The Colleanos, the family consisted of wire-walkers, jugglers, contortionists, trapeze artists, and more. Con Colleano was the first wire walker to do a forward somersault on a wire. Winnie Colleano caught the trapeze using the back of her heels. Jack's mother Kitty was a juggler and acrobat. The family had their own circus and later toured with Ringling Bros.
Jack's mother Kitty and her siblings were known as The Juggling Colleanos. In addition to performing center ring at Ringling Bros., they also appeared on popular TV shows such as Sid Caesar and Ed Sullivan.