As Richard in  Richard the First , photo credit: Jim Norrena

As Richard in Richard the First, photo credit: Jim Norrena

"When Joshua Schell listens to his fellow actors onstage, he truly appears to be hearing the lines for the first time — which makes the scenes he's in feel alive and fully spontaneous."   - SF Weekly



Josh began his training at the American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory and went on to earn a BFA from the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts. Since graduating he has successfully booked roles in a variety of independent film, regional theater, voice-over and commercial projects.

His roles on stage have included Nick in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Brick Pollitt in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lee in Sam Shepard's True West, and the title role in Gary Graves' Richard the Firstan original trilogy of plays premiered in repertory. 

He has also appeared in independent feature length and short films, collaborating with writer/directors Eric Daniel Metzgar, Bryce McGuire, Johanna Thalmann, Severin Winzenburg, Shane Coffey, Bruce Cooper and Maura Milan among others. 

In 2012 he was named Best Actor by SF Weekly (specifically citing his performance in JC Lee's The Nature Line) and his work in front of the camera has been seen at film festivals in the US, UK, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. He is represented theatrically MDT Agency in San Francisco, commercially by Activity in Los Angeles, and is managed by The Michael Abrams Group in Los Angeles.