There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life.

 

 

ART WOLFF, whose career Norman Lear has called "remarkable", is one of America's most innovative producer-directors. For television, he has directed fifteen pilots including Seinfeld and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, numerous episodes of Emmy award winners The Tracey Ullman Show, Dream On, and The Wonder Years, plus Grace Under Fire, The Paula Poundstone Show, Dear John, The Powers That Be, Grand, It's Gary Schandling's Show, and TV movies starring Debbie Reynolds, Ronne Blakely, Suzanne Pleshette and Courtney Cox.

He's a recipient of Cable ACE awards for the comedy specials, The Kathy and Mo Show and Garrison Keillor's The Prairie Home Companion. In a field where it is easy to be pigeonholed, Wolff has done a wide variety of productions. As a Documentary maker he produced and directed The Jason Project with noted oceanographer Bob Ballard, for National Geographic, The Philadelphia Orchestra: In Rehearsal for PBS and Artists in America, for which he received a Ford Foundation grant.

A member of both Ensemble Studio Theatre and The Actors Studio, theater direction includes Penn & Teller, off and on Broadway, Rupert Holmes' Accomplice and Sean Penn in Heartland on Broadway, the national company of Herb Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport, plus productions at Chicago's Goodman Theater with Elaine May and Peter Falk , at London's Hammersmith Theater, MTC, Playwright's Horizon & The American Shakespeare Festival. He recently developed and directed Dan Castellenetas'(Homer on The Simpsons) Where Did Vincent Van Gogh? for the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival.

Wolff had a special collaborative relationship with the late Shel Silverstein, author, cartoonist and song writer (The Giving Tree A Light In The Attic. Where the Side Walk Ends), having directed the world premiers of 14 of Shel's plays including The Lady or the Tiger with Richard Dreyfuss. Wildlife with Julie Hagerty, Gorilla with Paul Guilfoyle, The Crate, The Bathroom Plays, Little Feet with Harris Yulin and Christine Baranski, and The Trio with Larry Luckinbill. Wolff's work has received Emmy, Ace, OBIE, Environmental Media, Joseph Jefferson & American Video Conference Awards.

Wolff has also earned a reputation as a Master Teacher. He spent seven years on the faculty of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, teaching courses in Film History, Acting for Stage and Film, and Directing Television and Film. He has also taught at The Ensemble Studio Theater Institute, Long Island University ,The Actors Studio Director/Playwright Lab and given workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto and London.

For thirty years, Wolff has taught, coached or directed many of New York and Hollywoods top actors including: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sean Penn, Matthew Perry Kate Walsh, Harry Shearer, Evan Handler, Michael McKean, Elaine May, Peter Falk. David Hyde Pierce, Courtney Cox, Jerry Seinfeld, Tracey Ullman,Fred Savage, Kathy Najimy, Peter McNichol, Julie Hagerty, Steve Martin, Brian Benben, Richard Dreyfuss, W.H. Macy, Eric McCormak, Ben Savage, John Corbet, Jason Alexander, Penn & Teller, John Goodman, Lily Tomlin. Greg German, Bonnie Hunt, Gary Shandling, Pamela Reed, Helen Slater, Paul Guilfoyle Dan Castellaneta, Christine Baranski, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Kevin Pollak, K.D.Aubert, Roger Rees, Michael Richards, and Judd Hirsch.

For the past 10 years Wolff has devoted much of his time to the Art Wolff Acting Studio in Los Angeles, working to train tomorrows leading actors, directors and filmmakers.