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Marty Shiff
30 years. He has been actively involved in every aspect of theater, film, television and radio. It was while working in Pennsylvania Regional Theaters as a teenager that Marty discovered his love for the entertainment field. He would put as many as 25 productions on his resume before his 21st birthday.

His first film was George Romero's, Dawn of the Dead. George became his mentor and inspiration. Marty would eventually appear in two more Romero classics; Knightriders (1980) and Creepshow (1981).

After graduating from Point Park College in 1979 with a degree in Theater Arts, Marty moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. His many directing credits include Uncle Merlot's Last Laugh, The Sugar Plum, Tabloid Review, The Party Animal and Death of a Salesman. Marty was honored with the L.A. Drama Critics Award and a Drama Logue award for production in Los Angeles.

As an actor, his first TV series, The Book of Lists, with Bill Bixby, got him national attention as well as the attention of the major networks and studios. Marty was a series regular on the Nickelodeon network's long running series Out of Control. Out of Control was Nickelodeon's first series produced in America and it set the pace for the success that the Network is today. Marty was also a recurring member of the cast of Dallas for two seasons working directly with Larry Hagman. His many guest star roles include appearances on Newhart, Matt Houston, Matlock, Knots Landing, Perfect Strangers and 227.

Besides his experience in the Romero films, Marty has had guest starring roles in The Assassination File, Blank Man, Alone in the Neon Jungle, Can You Feel Me Dancing, and Children Of The Living Dead to name a few. His national commercials include Hyundai, 7up, Bold Detergent, Little Caesar's Pizza and Traco Windows.

One of his proudest achievements was being a member of the production team of In Living Color. Marty worked as the Director of Development with Eric Gold the Executive in Charge of the show. As a member of the Gold Company team, Marty did script coverage and breakdowns on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Blank Man and others.

Marty was the owner and Managing Director of the LA Film Actors Lab. Many of Hollywood's top actors trained in his program. Marty is working locally in Pittsburgh producing, acting, and directing. Currently he is the Artistic Director of the Pittsburgh Actors Lab and has his own production company Shciff Media.  Marty currently resides in Fayette County.
Marty Shiff
Marty Shiff