Psychologist, author, dramatist, mentor to many
Michael Schulman, noted psychologist, author, dramatist, husband and father, mentor to so many, died December 18th at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. The cause was a progressive illness. He was 75 years old. He led a remarkable and productive, passionate life. His prolific career and expansive intellect defy easy summarization.
Growing up in the Bronx, he had twin ambitions --to be a psychologist, and to be a director. He achieved both, and beyond. As Chairman of the Columbia Seminar on Moral Education, and as the author of “Bringing Up a Moral Child” and “A Passionate Mind,” he gathered and educated colleagues and parents; as a psychologist for the Leake and Watts Children’s Home and as a psychotherapist in private practice, he counseled and mentored young people and patients. As a playwright/director/acting teacher, his students from the Strasberg Institute to the Michael Schulman Theatre Workshops to the British American Acting Academy, developed and thrived from his blend of respect for technical mastery, and dedicated search for the core of humanity that inspires and unites us all. This was all accomplished to the soundtrack of Sinatra, and surrounded by the family and animals that he loved so deeply.
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good-night, sweet prince;
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest. ”
I participated in 3 plays that his 1st wife Bobbi and Mike directed; Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma and South Pacific. I loved him as a Head Counselor and friend. RIP Mike.