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Fred Sanders is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College where he studied English Literature and Drama with such professors as Harold Bloom, Nikos Psacharapoulos, and Shakespeare scholar Maynard Mack. His senior thesis was a production of The Winter’s Tale.
He has been a professional actor and director since 1976. His acting work includes Broadway (Buddy- the Buddy Holly Story), National Tours (Big River, Driving Miss Daisy), 3 years in the resident company of Actors Theatre of Louisville, a long association with Shakespeare Center LA (where he has played Bottom; Toby Belch; Dr. Caius in Merry Wives; and Conrade/ Friar Francis — while also playing standup bass and singing alongside Lyle Lovett– in Much Ado About Nothing with Helen Hunt as Beatrice), and 20 years with the Interact Theatre Company. He has also made over 100 TV and film appearances including Sea of Love with Al Pacino, Seinfeld, The West Wing, Will and Grace, and recurring roles on Malcolm in the Middle and Titus.
His directing work spans Shakespeare to Shaw to Sondheim. First Artistic Director of the Thomaston Opera House in Connecticut, then Off-Off Broadway– many of the early plays of David Ives and his own evening of original one-acts Travelogues, then LA– including Hamlet at the Farnsworth Park Amphitheatre in Altadena, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner at the Zephyr, a long association with prolific playwright Tom Jacobson (including his Shakespeare-themed The Beloved Disciple which was recently published by Broadway Play Publishing and won an LA Weekly Award for Best Ensemble), and a number of years as co-Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre Lab. Plus many shows for Interact including staged readings at UCLA: Escape From Happiness, All My Sons, David Mamet’s Race, and the Lincoln/Douglas debates play The Rivalry. Active also in audiobook narration and direction, he has won a Spoken Word Recording Grammy directing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and a Grammy nomination directing Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Drinking.