Shuler Hensley is a Tony Award-winning actor, director, and producer of stage, film, and television and is currently starring alongside Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in The Music Man on Broadway.
SHULER HENSLEY is a multi-award-winning actor/ producer/director of film, television, and the stage.
Shuler’s film credits include producing/starring in the upcoming independent feature DEVIL’S HOLLOW and appearing in BRUTAL SEASON. Past films include the hit musical THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, with his long-time friend Hugh Jackman; VAN HELSING (also alongside Jackman), in which he played Frankenstein’s Monster; MONDAY NIGHT MAYHEM, in which he played the role of sport’s commentator Keith Jackson in the docu-drama about the early days of Monday Night Football; ODD THOMAS, alongside the late Anton Yelchin of STAR TREK; OPA!, with Matthew Modine; THE LEGEND OF ZORRO, alongside Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, directed by Martin Campbell and produced by Steven Spielberg; A WEDDING FOR BELLA; and co-producing and starring in the foundfootage horror movie, CRUISER, in which he plays a mysterious killer who, not coincidentally, sings opera.
Shuler’s TV credits include recurring role in the just released series DEXTER:NEW BLOOD for Showtime; guest starring roles on PRODIGAL SON, “The O.A.” for Netflix; Cartoon Network’s “Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter”; “Shades of Blue” with Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta; “Banshee”; “The Americans” with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys; “Law and Order : Special Victims Unit”; “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”; Barry Levinson’s “The Jury”; and MURDER OF A PRESIDENT, in which he played President James Garfield for PBS.
Shuler ‘s Musical Theatre work has taken him worldwide, including Hamburg, Germany, to play the lead in The Phantom of the Opera. Shuler was cast by Susan Stroman and Trevor Nunn as Jud Fry in London in the National Theatre’s revival of Oklahoma!. Shuler wowed critics and theatregoers alike for his haunting interpretation of Jud, and he received the coveted Olivier Award– London theatre’s equivalent of the Tony – for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical.
Shuler subsequently made his Broadway debut in November 2000 portraying the relentless Inspector Javert in Les Miserables. In February 2002, the Trevor Nunn version of Oklahoma! was transferred to Broadway, and with it the opportunity for Shuler to reprise his critically acclaimed performance of Jud Fry. Shuler again became a proud award winner, this time of Broadway’s “Triple Crown”– the Tony, the Drama Desk, and the Outer Critics’ Circle.
Shuler has also starred on Broadway in Disney’s Tarzan and Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, in which he originated the role of The Monster.
Shuler is currently starring as Marcellus Washburn in the revival of The Music Man on Broadway. He was recently seen on Broadway in Jez Butterworth’s Tony Award-winning play The Ferryman, directed by Sam Mendes, the director of 1917, Spectre, and Skyfall, and alongside Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, and Billy Crudup in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land.
Off-Broadway, Shuler has starred in The Whale, for which he received the Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards, as well as OCC, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations (his role was named “Stage Performance of the Year” by New York Magazine); Sweet and Sad (Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble); That Hopey Changey Thing; The Great American Trailer Park Musical; and Sweet Charity, along with Sutton Foster.
Shuler has performed in operas and with symphony orchestras throughout the United States, including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and the New World Symphony. He has played leading roles in operas such as Don Giovanni, La Bohemme, and The Magic Flute.
Shuler is also the annual host of the Georgia High School Musical Theater Awards, known as the Shuler Awards. He is currently the Artistic Director at City Springs Theatre Company and serves on the founding advisory board for the new Musical Theatre Program at The Manhattan School of Music.