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Steve Umberger has directed, produced, and developed 200+ plays and film/video projects for many companies. Favorite directing credits include Falsettos, Wit, Three Hotels, The Road to Mecca, Six Degrees of Separation, The Christians, Cabaret, Communicating Doors, Alice in Concert, Kith and Kin, Three Tall Women, 33 Variations, Angels in America, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and all seven productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

He's been involved in developing four companies, including directing and producing 100+ plays as Founder & Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre, the metro region's leading professional theatre, one of the 70+ national members of the League of Resident Theatres and the city's only LORT/AEA company, in residence at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Work includes theatre and symphony collaborations, interdisciplinary projects, and the development and premieres of many new plays including ones by Wendy Hammond, Christopher Kyle, Beth Henley and Clyde Edgerton. Film/video credits include shorts based on the plays Boca, Husbandry, and Decorations (trilogy; author). He studied at UNC/Charlotte and Circle in the Square in NY.
Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; Actors' Equity


Partial list, last five years

You Are Here, 2018-19, is a multimedia documentary theatre series developed with filmmaker, composer, and groups of people whose lives tell the history and culture of their time. Two of these will have 2019 productions.




Alongside the 2018 Broadway revival of Angels in America, The World Only Spins Forward (Bloomsbury) by Isaac Butler / Dan Kois, tells Angels' history through 250 people who've worked on the plays, including Charlotte Rep.




The Christians by Lucas Hnath, 2017; produced by Playworks in association with The Pine Hill Project; at Blumenthal Performing Arts. In this six month project, the nationally acclaimed play about the mystery of faith hosted a debate about what 'we' believe.




Lunch at the Piccadilly: With novelist and playwright Clyde Edgerton for the 2015 production. Based on Edgerton's best seller and N.Y. Times Notable Book, the musical was developed by Playworks in four productions. Piccadilly shines a sly light on those 10,000 boomers turning 65 daily until 2030.



Lunch at York Theatre Company, New York: Lunch at the Piccadilly after the concert performance in the development series; l. to r.: composer/performer and Drama Desk Award winner Mike Craver, Trip Plymale, musical director Amy Jones, Patricia Cucco, Rebecca Koon, Greg King, Fleur Alys Dobbins, Neal Mayer, Steve Umberger.




What You Will by Wendy Hammond, guest director/playwright commission, 2015-16, Davidson College. Twelfth Night's characters become interns of all faiths at the First Annual World Interfaith Conference. Hammond's plays have been seen at Second Stage, SoHo Rep, Long Wharf and others. She holds an MFA from NYU and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. WYW marks the 10th Hammond/Umberger collaboration.




Festival Stage (Creative Director; LORT level): first reading of David Wiltse's Stone Cold for the Visiting Playwright Series, with all season playwrights in residence. The reading happened during the run of Wiltse's play Hatchetman, first directed at People's Light in Philadelphia. (L: Michael Huie, Wiltse, Amy DaLuz, Umberger, Mary McCool)


Below: the two year Festival Stage collaboration with Wake Forest University and ALS Center on Moises Kaufman's '33 Variations'




More about work  

Images: Donna Bise, Perry Tannenbaum, William Guerrant, Mitchell Kearney, Nyghtfalcon, Norris Greenlee, Tom Terrell, Bobby Moody, Mark Garvin, Pelham Palmer, Bill Giduz / '33 Variations:'  Louis Goldstein, Alison Edwards, Daniel Harray, Warren Kelley
© 2019 Steve Umberger