Norman Schwartz grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village, studied painting at the High School of Music & Art, and Motion Pictures at NYU where he was the assistant to the famous teacher Prof. Haig Manoogian. He began his film career as an assistant editor in New York City and Hollywood.
He studied acting with the great teacher, Sanford Meisner, in Hollywood, and organized summer workshops with Meisner students.
At age sixty he left Hollywood to become the artistic director of two independent theater companies in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California.
At age seventy, he returned to New York to teach acting for film at the NYU Tisch graduate film school.
For the last ten or more years he has been traveling all over the world teaching acting, directing and writing in Paris, Bilbao, Florence, Milan, Sardinia, Budapest, Lagos [Nigeria] and in Abu Dhabi for the New York Film Academy schools and workshops.
He is the author of two books on acting—ACTING: A String of Beads (1995), and ACT NOW: A New Approach to the Old Techniques of Acting (2010) as well as an “illusory memoir,” HOLLYWOOD: Below & Beyond (2012). He is currently resident in Madrid.