As a stunt double for Jaime Alexander on the NBC hit television series, "Blindspot," Kingston native Heidi Germaine Schnappauf spends her days jumping off buildings, running through fire, getting hit by cars, and taking down bad guys. The professional stunt woman and actor will share her experiences in the talk, "Making it in Hollywood," presented by The Friends of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library at Misericordia University on Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the library.
The National Library Week program is open free to the public.
Schnappauf's resume includes working as an actor and stunt actor in dozens of feature films, such as "Paranormal Activity," "The Amazing Spiderman 2," "Ghostbusters," "Birdman" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," and a lengthy list of television shows, including "Orange is the New Black," "Blue Bloods," "Person of Interest," "Elementary," "Castle," "Revenge," and "Boardwalk Empire." She has performed as a stunt double for actors Tina Fey, Debra Messing, Abbi Jacobson, Jessica Biel, Jania Gavankar, Alexander and others.
Schnappauf's website http://www.heidigermaine.com includes an action reel of some of her most challenging stunts and a gallery of photos of her and a sampling of the actors she has been paired with as a stunt double. She currently resides in New York City, New York.
A graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, she began her acting career on the stages of the high school, the Encore Music Camp, and community theaters in and around Wilkes-Barre. She went on to study acting for theater, film and television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as the Lee Strasberg Institute and Stonestreet Studios. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama from NYU, as well as a degree in Arts and Public Policy.
A student of karate from the time she was five years old and an admitted daredevil, she and her friends created pretend fight scenes as youngsters. That love of action led her to Kahana's Stunt School in Florida after college and her career path was born.
Matt Hinton, assistant director of the Student Success Center and Academic Support Services at Misericordia University, will serve as moderator for the program. Light refreshments will be available. Due to limited seating, reservations are suggested but not required. To reserve a seat, please email Sue Lazur at email@example.com or call (570) 674-6225.For more information about the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6225 or visit library.misericordia.edu.