Steve is a founding member and Project Manager for Shanghai Low. An award-winning actor, director, designer, and playwright who has lived and worked in Chicago for over two decades, he is currently a Goodman Theatre Creative Partner, an ensemble member of Pine Box Theater - formerly the Artistic Director of the Next Theatre in Evanston, and an Artistic Associate with the Organic Theater.
For SLT in 2014 he served as Adaptor (with Alice Austen) of the Steppenwolf Young Adult Program's production of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM, directed by Hallie Gordon - and is developing Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, Alastair Reynolds' science fiction novella DIAMOND DOGS for the stage, and Lion Miller's 1953 story THE AVAILABLE DATA ON THE WORP REACTION as a picture book.
Steve began adapting literary works in 1990 - both by himself, in a longtime writing partnership with British director Charley Sherman, then with Shanghai Low. Credits include his own adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK (Next Lab), John W. Campbell's WHO GOES THERE (Organic), and Hemingway’s THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA (Next). He and Sherman collaborated on Clive Barker's IN THE FLESH (Organic - Jeff Citation for Adaptation), William Gibson's BURNING CHROME (Next - Jeff Nomination, 2 After Dark Awards, including Adaptation), Barker’s SON OF CELLULOID (Next), and H.G. Wells’ SCIENTIFIC ROMANCES (Next). Credits with SLT include Conan Doyle’s SIGN OF THE FOUR (Apple Tree Theatre).
Steve directed two productions for LA's Odyssey Theatre Ensemble in 2003-05: Manfred Karge’s CONQUEST OF THE SOUTH POLE and Tom Szentgyorgyi’s adaptation of Bill Buford's AMONG THE THUGS, which received two Backstage West Awards, three L.A. Drama Critic Circle Awards and three L.A. Weekly Awards, including Best Direction.
As an actor, he last appeared opposite Stacy Keach in Michael Kahn's productions of HENRY IV, Parts One and Two for Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company, at the Indiana Repertory as Danforth in THE CRUCIBLE, directed by Michael Edwards, and, in 2013, he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the title role of WALLENSTEIN, adapted from the Schiller by Robert Pinsky and directed by Kahn - in rep with David Muse's production of CORIOLANUS - also for STC. Recent credits also include the SLT production of Conor McPherson's ST. NICHOLAS in cooperation with Seanachai Theatre, the world premiere of Joshua Rollins' A GIRL WITH SUN IN HER EYES for Pine Box, and Robert Falls' production of Chekhov's THE SEAGULL at the Goodman. He also appeared as Kent opposite Keach in Falls' production of KING LEAR, remounted at Shakespeare Theatre from their original 2006 Goodman Theatre production.
He has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in London's West End, at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre in Central Park, and with many of the country's major regionals, including Arena Stage, Milwaukee Repertory, Seanachai Theatre, A Red Orchid Theatre, Pittsburgh City Theatre, The Old Globe, New York Shakespeare Festival, Clarence Brown Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Court Theatre, Collaboraction, Bailiwick Repertory, Oak Park Theatre Festival, and the Illinois and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals.
In 1988 Steve received a Joseph Jefferson Award for designing the costumes, masks, and puppets for Bailiwick Repertory’s production of ANIMAL FARM. In 1997, he was named Chicago Magazine Actor of the Year.
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