Shuler Hensley, Marietta native and multi-award winning Broadway, Off-Broadway, film and TV star, has been an integral part of the Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards— Shuler Hensley Awards since the program’s inception nine years ago. Teacher, fellow performer and inspiration, he has given his time, energy and talent to support and further the arts in education.

Mr. Hensley’s list of roles and awards is long and illustrious. He most recently starred as Oscar in The New Group's production of Sweet Charity opposite Sutton Foster. He also starred as The Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas in Chicago and Madison Square Garden, Tony in New York City Center’s Encore! Production of The Most Happy Fella and Two Plays in Rep at the Cort Theatre: Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land. In the same year. He appeared in Carousel at Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic, which was nationally broadcast on PBS. He has appeared as the Monster in Young Frankenstein, Javert in Les Miserables and Jud Fry in Oklahoma!, a powerful and moving performance which earned him the “Triple Crown”: Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.

His roles Off-Broadway include Fiorello!, The Whale, for which he was awarded “Stage Performance of the Year” by New York magazine, Silence! The Musical, Sweet and Sad and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. He starred in Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, All About Us, and The Phantom of the Opera.

His work extends to television and film, and he has performed in opera and with symphony orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and the New World Symphony. Among his TV credits are Elementary,The Americans, Deadline, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Jury. His film appearances include The Legend of Zorro; Van Helsing; The Bread, My Sweet, Odd Thomas and Cruiser. A recent film project had him playing President James Garfield in PBS's "Murder of a President", on Georgia Public Broadcasting, as well as recurring characters on NBC’s “Shades of Blue” and Cartoon Network’s “Neon Joe Werewolf Hunter”. Shuler recently performed On The Town with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas; was seen as a recurring character on “OA”, a new Netflix series and performed the role of Julian Marsh in The Muny’s production of 42nd Street.

Upcoming projects include Leon Czolgosz in City Center Encores! Off center concert series production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins and Rothko in John Logan's RED at Cape Playhouse.

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