bio


Photo by Jay Thomas / 2019
Steve Umberger has directed / produced / written / developed 250+ stage and film / video projects for many companies. Favorite credits include Three Hotels, The Road to Mecca, Falsettos, 33 Variations, a noted production of Angels in America, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and all six productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

He has founded or co-developed four companies, including directing / producing 100+ plays as Founder & Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre, the metro area's flagship professional theatre and one of the 70+ national LORT members, in residence at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Rep's creative team includes Academy Award, Tony Award, Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize winning artists.

His work includes theatre and symphony collaborations; interdisciplinary projects; and the development and premieres of many scripts including ones by Clyde Edgerton, Wendy Hammond and Chris Kyle. He is a frequent consultant, coach, arts writer and workshop teacher. Since 2017 he's been writing and collaborating on a new format: documentaries for both stage and film created with "citizens of history."

Member Stage Directors and Choreographers Society / Actors' Equity Association



  
    Project / event timeline, partial list
Stage and film documentaries
For The Playworks Group (Director), the stage and film documentaries Acting Our Age and Call Me By My Name were created with production teams and citizens whose collective life stories are close-ups on America's story; projects developed and produced in their first phases 2017-present, continuing online now.



The World Only Spins Forward
Alongside the 2018 Broadway revival of Angels in America, The World Only Spins Forward  (Bloomsbury) by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois, tells how Angels changed the world through interviews with 250 people worldwide who have worked on the plays over 25 years, including Steve Umberger and the Charlotte Rep team.



The Christians
The professional AEA area premiere of Lucas Hnath's nationally acclaimed play was produced by The Playworks Group and The Pine Hill Project at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 2017. In this six month project, the play hosted a conversation about what 'we' believe, and included broad community involvement.




Lunch at the Piccadilly
(Photo: Mike Craver, Clyde Edgerton, Steve Umberger) The new musical was developed by Playworks in three productions including this one in 2015 sponsored by Aldersgate. Based on Edgerton's best-selling N.Y. Times Notable Book, with score by Drama Desk Award winner Craver, Piccadilly shines a little light on those 10,000 boomers turning 65 daily until 2030.



Piccadilly at the York Theatre Company, New York after the development performance (from right: Mike Craver, Trip Plymale, Amy Jones, Patty Cucco, Rebecca Koon, Greg King, Fleur Alys Dobbins, Neal Mayer, Steve Umberger). 


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Stage galleries
  
  
 Images: Donna Bise, Jay Thomas, Perry Tannenbaum, William Guerrant, Mitchell Kearney, 
Nyghtfalcon, Norris Greenlee, Tom Terrell, Bobby Moody, Mark Garvin, Pelham Palmer 
Logo designs: Winnie Newton, Jason Boys
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