Louis Fantasia has produced and directed more than a hundred and fifty plays and operas worldwide. He served as Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre's Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance Institute from 1997 to 2002, and was the first American
to direct on the reconstructed London Globe stage, with a workshop production of Much Ado About Nothing in 1996.

Mr. Fantasia has taught at the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California School of Theatre, the London Theatre School (Head of Acting and Director of Studies) and Schiller College-Europe University (Chair and Artistic Director of Theatre Programs). From 1988 to 2002, he was Education Director of the Shakespeare Globe Centre's Western Region and ran the Globe's actor/director training programs in London. He has lectured at Brasenose College, Oxford; Sophia University, Japan; Rhodes University, South Africa, and at theatre conferences throughout the U.S and in Australia and England. In 2009, he gave the Grace
Ford Symposium Lecture at the University of Mississippi. Louis has held the Cardin Chair in Arts at Loyola College in Maryland and the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence at the Center for Excellence in the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee.

Mr. Fantasia is currently the Director of Shakespeare at the Huntington, the teacher training institute of the Huntington Library, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California, and Dean of Faculty at the New York Film Academy (Hollywood campus). He has been heard regularly on NPR's KCRW (89.9 FM) as a theatre critic and arts commentator, and is the author of the critically acclaimed, Instant Shakespeare, A Proven Technique for Actors, Directors, and Teachers, published in the U.S. by Ivan R. Dee and by A & C Black in England. His screenplay Demon Sword (co- written with director Paul Nicholas) was filmed in India in 2007.His second book, Tragedy in the Age of Oprah: Essays on Five Great Plays, was published by Scarecrow Press in 2012.

Favorite Shakespeare play: "Whichever one I am directing at the moment."

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The fault, dear Brutus, lies not within the stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings. - Julius Caesar, I, ii

The course of true love never did run smooth. - A Midsummer Night's Dream, I, i

Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. - Romeo and Juliet, II, ii

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so - Hamlet, II, ii

If music be the food of love, play on! - Twelfth Night, I, i

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. - Julius Caesar, II, ii

We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep. - The Tempest, IV, i

The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. - Merchant of Venice, IV, i