Austin Pendleton is an actor, a director, a playwright, and, at HB Studio in New York, a teacher of acting. As a director on Broadway he has presented several Tony-nominated shows. As an actor he has won Obie awards for off-Broadway work and appeared in several Broadway shows, including the original production of Fiddler on the Roof and the revival, with Natalie Portman, of The Diary of Anne Frank. He is an Ensemble Member at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theater. His plays include Orson's Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth, all published and produced, in New York and around the country, and in England and Europe.