Steven Schachter

Steven Schachter is an American television, theatre, and film director and screenwriter.

Much of Schachter's success stems from projects on which he has collaborated with William H. Macy. The two co-wrote the cable television movies The Con (1998), A Slight Case of Murder (1999), Door to Door (2002), and The Wool Cap (2004), all of which Schachter directed and in which Macy starred. He also has directed numerous other made-for-TV movies, including an adaptation of David Mamet's play The Water Engine, which he had directed at the off-Broadway Public Theater in 1977 and again at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway the following year. In 2006 he directed the TV movie The Mermaid Chair.

Schachter's latest projects also involve Macy. In May 2007, he completed filming the feature The Deal, written by and starring Macy, which is scheduled for release in 2008. The two are collaborating on Family Man, a pilot for a TNT series in which Macy would portray a model husband and father of three who unbeknownst to his family leads a gang of burglars.


Television films

Year Title Director Writer Producer
1983 Journey's End Yes No No
1992 Getting Up and Going Home Yes No No
The Water Engine Yes No No
1995 Lady Killer Yes No No
Above Suspicion Yes Yes No
Legacy of Sin: The William Coit Story Yes No No
1996 Every Woman's Dream Yes Yes No
To Face Her Past Yes No No
1998 The Con Yes Yes No
To Live Again Yes No No
1999 A Slight Case of Murder Yes Yes No
2000 For All Time Yes No No
2002 Door to Door Yes Yes No
Just a Walk in the Park Yes Yes No
2004 It Must Be Love Yes No No
The Wool Cap Yes Yes Yes
2005 The Engagement Ring Yes No No
2006 The Mermaid Chair Yes No No
2008 The Deal Yes Yes No
Family Man Yes Yes Executive
2010 Unanswered Prayers Yes No No

Television series

Year Title Director Writer Episode
1990 ABC Afterschool Specials Yes No ''All That Glitters''
1991 Thirtysomething No Yes ''Sifting the Ashes''
1992 Home Fires No Yes ''Fathers and Sons''
2012 Shameless No Yes ''Can I Have a Mother''

Theatrical films

Year Title Role
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman Assistant director
1986 Firewalker Dialogue coach: Mr. Norris

As theatrical director

Year Title
1976 A View from a Bridge
1977 Mert & Phil
1978 Ashes
1985 The Water Engine
1988 Big Time: Scenes from a Service Economy
1989 Stained Glass
1990 The Pink Studio

Awards and nominations

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