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Kingston stuntwoman Heidi Schnappauf talks ‘Making It in Hollywood’ at Misericordia in Dallas on April 12

Kingston stuntwoman Heidi Schnappauf talks ‘Making It in Hollywood’ at Misericordia in Dallas on April 12
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From a press release:

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 stuntwoman 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 in Dallas on Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Catherine Evans McGowan Room of the library.

This National Library Week program is free and open 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 Spider-Man 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, and others.

Currently living in New York City, her stunt reel, seen below, shows off some of her most challenging stunts:

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 5 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 (301 Lake St., Dallas), will serve as the moderator of the program. Light refreshments will be available. Due to limited seating, reservations are suggested but not required. To reserve a seat, e-mail Sue Lazur at or call 570-674-6225. For more information about the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library at Misericordia, call 570-674-6225 or visit

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full and part-time formats. Misericordia ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2018 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review. Money magazine also includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.