Steve Umberger has directed, produced and developed plays, film/video projects and related events for many companies. Work includes producing and staging theatre and symphony projects, interdisciplinary collaborations, director/playwright commissions, and long-term development and production of many new works. Favorite directing credits include Wit, Proof, Falsettos, Kith and Kin, Alice in Concert, Cabaret, Three Hotels, Six Degrees of Separation, A Delicate Balance, 33 Variations, Angels in America, The Road to Mecca, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and all seven productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. He's been involved in the establishment of three arts centers and four theatre companies, including producing and directing 100+ plays as Founder and Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre, one of the national members of The League of Resident Theatres, and the leading theatre in its metro region. Film and video credits include short films adapted from the plays Boca, Decorations (co-author) and Husbandry (ASC Emerging Artist Grant), and adaptating/directing many stage productions for video.

Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society / Actors' Equity Association / TCG
Director, The Playworks Group / Creative Director, Festival Stage (LORT standard) 


   Some of the last 5 years
   (Logo designs: Jason Boys, Winnie Newton, Tom Terrell)

The Christians by Lucas Hnath, production team, 2017; produced by Playworks in association with The Pine Hill Project; at Blumenthal Performing Arts. Produced around the country, this acclaimed play about the mystery of faith was a six month project.

Lunch at the Piccadilly: With novelist/playwright Clyde Edgerton during the 2015 production, sponsored by Aldersgate. The new musical and decade-long project about our 'elderhood' was developed by Playworks in three productions, and supporting programs. Based on the best-selling novel and N.Y. Times Notable Book, the musical has its eye 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.

What You Will by Wendy Hammond, playwright/director commission, 2015-16. Twelfth Night's characters show up in today's world as interns of all faiths (or lack of them) at the First Annual World Interfaith Conference for Peace. Hammond's plays have been produced at Second Stage, SoHo Rep, Long Wharf, Purple Rose, Charlotte Rep and others. She holds an MFA from NYU and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School

33 Variations collaboration: With Dr. James Caress, Director of the Wake Forest Health ALS Center, and patient Susie Miller, consultants on the two year project between the professional company Festival Stage and Wake Forest on Moises Kaufman's Tony Award nominated play, synthesizing the worlds of theatre, medicine and education.

Festival Stage (Creative Director; LORT standard): first reading of David Wiltse's Stone Cold - about the intersection of love, art and commerce - during the Visiting Playwright Festival, with all season playwrights in residence. The festival happened during the FS production of Wiltse's play Hatchetman, first directed at People's Light in Philadelphia. (Left: Michael Huie, Wiltse, Amy DaLuz, Umberger, Mary McCool). Stone Cold had its first NY reading a year later at The Directors Company.

"Under the sure-handed direction of Steve Umberger,
the marvelous ensemble makes the difficult look easy." 
Philadelphia/Montgomery News 

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