Howard Shangraw is an award-winning actor and director, his professional acting career includes productions off-Broadway, summer stock, feature films, episodic television, daytime soap operas and regional theatre productions for South Coast Repertory Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, Laguna Playhouse, Grove Shakespeare Festival, and various equity waiver theatres in the Los Angeles area. Howard’s extensive directing resume includes productions of classical and contemporary repertoire and musicals for professional and community theatres, colleges and high schools. He has directed shows for Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he chaired the theatre department from 2004 to 2014, and at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Matrix Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Stella Adler Theatre, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Hi-Desert Cultural Center, where he also served as artistic director. Also a playwright and composer, his original musical, The People Versus B. B. Wolfe, was produced by South Coast Repertory and toured Orange County. As an acting teacher, he has taught Acting, Scene Study, One-Person Show, Stage Movement and Techniques for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre’s adult and youth Conservatory programs, Hi-Desert Cultural Center, and Idyllwild Arts Academy.