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 three decades, he is currently a Goodman Theatre Creative Partner - formerly the Artistic Director of the Next Theatre in Evanston, and an Artistic Associate with the Organic Theater. In 2016, he was awarded a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship by the Ten Chimneys Foundation.
For SLT he has served as the head adaptor - in collaboration with company members - of the 2014 Steppenwolf Young Adult Program's production of George Orwell's ANIMAL FARM, directed by Hallie Gordon, of Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, staged by Evan Jackson for Chicago's Idle Muse Theater in Winter 2016, and Alastair Reynolds' science fiction novella DIAMOND DOGS - receiving it's world premiere at Chicago's House Theatre in the Winter of 2017, staged by Artistic Director Nathan Allen.
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 in Mary Zimmerman's production of TREASURE ISLAND for both Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre and Berkeley Repertory, and in THE LITTLE FOXES for the Goodman Theatre - one of over 30 productions there since 1987. He played 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 - one of over 30 productions there since 1987. 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 Berkeley Rep, 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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