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Steve has had a long and varied career in the theatre. He has acted, directed, written plays, produced, constructed sets and taught. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre from New York University. He did further study with the Institute for Advanced Study in the Theatre Arts (IASTA), Penn State University, and The American Shakespeare Festival Theatre. He studied Shakespeare, Ibsen and Chekhov with Ms. Eva LeGallienne and Stanislavski Technique with Frank Silvera. He was a member of the BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) Professional Writers Workshop under the direction of Lehman Engel.

His professional acting career stretches from early radio theatre to the original Broadway Pulitzer Prize winning production of The Diary of Anne Frank to the recent off-Broadway hit, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral. In The Diary of Anne Frank Steve played the role of Peter Van Daan, Anne Frank’s love interest, for over 800 performances. He received critical acclaim from critics all across America. For an online interview with Steve about Anne Frank go to and in the Site Map read the interview titled “800 Times Peter Van Daan.” Steve acted on television during the Golden Age of Television and had the opportunity to work with a variety of great stars such as Walter Mathau and Sandra Dee.

Steve has directed over 75 productions from musicals like Grease and A Chorus Line to the works of William Shakespeare. He has also been a Stage Combat director. At New York University he became skilled at the use of the saber and won the Palmieri Fencing Award. Two of his productions at Marist College won Production of the Year awards. Following his three year acting stint with the off-Broadway hit, Grandma Sylvia’s Funeral, he directed the first new production of the play. The production was selected by the Taconic Media as the Best Comedy Production of 1999. His plays, The Spider and the Bee and The Last Carnival, are published by Samuel French, Inc., the largest play publisher in the world and have had many hundreds of performances throughout the country. For more information about the plays see the Samuel French website at In 2005 The Spider and the Bee had a 110 performance run in Texas, USA!

Steve’s play, We Need Another Man, written under a grant from the Schubert Foundation, was published in Modern International Drama and produced off-Broadway. The Office for Advanced Drama Research selected it as an “outstanding new manuscript” and it won the State University of New York Playwriting competition. Many of Steve’s other plays have been produced around the country and in New York City.

His musical, The Other Side of the Stars, was produced at the Triangle Theatre in New York City. It was produced by Burt Brinkerhof and Tony LoBianco and directed by Thom Christopher.

His published study of Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle received international recognition and his musical adaptation of the story of Rip has had several successful productions. His research about Rip was written about in journals as diverse as the Boston Globe, the New York Post and The National Enquirer.

Steve is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), The American Federation of TV & Radio Artists (AFTRA), The Dramatist’s Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC). The SSDC used Steve’s picture on the cover of their application brochure. For a copy of the brochure contact the SSDC through their website, Ask for the brochure called The Right Direction. Steve can be seen in the recent hit film, Super Troopers. Steve is a licensed FCC Radio Operator and has done voice-overs for many radio and TV commercials. Steve is well-known for his humor performances and is a humor trainer for industry. Recently Steve was involved in the worldwide commemoration of Anne Frank’s 75th birthday and in 2005 he directed a new off-Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank that the New York Times called “thoughtfully detailed” and “rich and nuanced theatre.” Steve teaches theatre and directs at Dutchess Community College (SUNY), Poughkeepsie, NY.


Last Updated: May 04, 2005

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