Thaddeus McCants (He/Him/His) is a Brooklyn based playwright and performer originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently pursuing his M.F.A at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Rita and Burton Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing, where his is a Tisch Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient. He also holds a B.F.A in Acting from Ithaca College.
As a playwright, his work has been a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference and has been performed and developed as part of the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Parsnip Ship New Play Podcast, The Spot Sun Valley, and at Bloomfield College.
His television pilot Fakers, co-written with Ryan Denardo, was an official selection of the DTLA Film Festival (Winner: Best Webisode), Portland Comedy Film Festival (Winner: Best Series Episode), Catalyst Television Festival (Formerly ITVFest), Atlanta Comedy Film Festival, Buffalo International Film Festival, London Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival, and The Switzerland International Film Festival.
As a performer, he has worked he has worked with Tony Winners Christopher Ashley, Sergio Trujillo, and Ben Harney; as well as Joe Calarco, Christopher Windom, Joe Langworth and many more. On-screen he has worked with HBO, MTV, on independent films and small screen content. He is a member of The Upright Citizens Brigade, where he performs weekly with his house team The Hometown Tigers.
“I believe first and foremost in a diverse and inclusive theatre. I strive to create work that reflects the complexities of our communities with truth, dignity, and levity. When I write, I hope to speak to what ails us as a society without losing the opportunity or obligation to entertain. I truly believe in art’s ability to question and influence society on a micro and macro level."
“The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society's weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future” – Ken Saro Wiwa