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Meet the Artist: Armin Shimerman

Meet The Artist- Armin Shimerman, Antaeus Company Members, is one of two directors working on our next production, Measure for Measure. Best known by his fans as Quark from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Armin is also an accomplished Shakespearean scholar and teacher. Get to know him better by reading below!

Where would you move to if you could live anywhere?
If there were no complications with language, medical attention, access to friends: I would be very happy to spend the rest of my life living on Lake Como, Italy. Otherwise, I’m very happy in Los Angeles.
What is one food you cannot stand?
Gefilte Fish
What do you listen to on your commute?
I constantly listen to the news. Mostly CNN. If not that then Classical music or Broadway tunes.
What was the first play you ever did?
Twelve Angry Men
Which of Shakespeare’s characters are you most like and why?
I suppose I’m closest to York in Richard II: an old man who tries to mediate between younger stronger people.
Where was the coolest place you’ve visited?
Have I mentioned Lake Como? After that, the Chyrotherapy shop in Studio City—very cool.
Did you ever have a celebrity crush?
Dale Evans
Are you a sports fan?
Not ever! But if chess counts –Bobby Fisher
Are you usually early or late?
Always early. Was reprimanded once by a good friend for being late. Tried never to do that again. When I am late, its usually Kitty (my wife’s) fault.
What skill would you like to master?
Piano and typing
What’s your dream role?
The next one offered me
What food do you crave?
Vegetable burritos
What fad or trend do you hope comes back?
Reading books
How do you relax after a long day of work?
Solitaire
Which movie world would you want to live in?
Shakespeare in Love

(Co-Director of Measure for MeasureThe Crucible, and Shakespeare teacher at Antaeus). He is a highly regarded actor and is best known to television audiences as Quark, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He portrayed Leo Tolstoy in Discord for both the Noho Arts Theater and the Geffen Theater. Broadway:Threepenny OperaSt. JoanI Remember Mama, and Broadway.  Selected Regional Theater: King Lear (Fool), Road to Mecca (Marius),The Seafarer (Blind Irishman -San Diego Critics Circle Award for Best Actor: San Diego Repertory); Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor (The Old Globe);Henry V (American Shakespeare Festival); HoagyBixWolfgang Beethoven Bunkhouse (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Threepenny OperaCamilleWild Oats (Guthrie Theatre).  Selected LA Theater – Birthday Party (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination – Lead Performance: The Matrix Theatre); HamletAs You Like It (Theatricum Botanicum); MisallianceJuno and the Paycock (with his wife, Kitty Swink), Standup Shakespeare (Odyssey Theatre); Richard II (Mark Taper Forum).  At ANTAEUS:  The Seagull, Macbeth, and many Classic Fests.  TV: 80 different Guest Star roles, including Antaeus the Nox on Stargate, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judge Hooper on Boston Legal, and recently on CSI, Castle, and Franklin and Bash. As a voice-over artist, he was the long running voice of General Skarr on three different animated shows. In the field of video games, he has participated in over two dozen, acclaimed for his voicing of Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet and Clank franchise as well as Andrew Ryan in the Bioshock  series.

Performances with Antaeus:

October 20 – December 23, 2007
Tonight at 8:30
July 5 – August 26, 2012
Macbeth
February 23 – April 15, 2012
The Seagull
July 5 – August 26, 2018
Three Days in the Country

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