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Steve Umberger has directed / produced / developed 250+ plays and film / video projects for many companies. Favorite directing credits include Falsettos, Wit, Proof, Three Hotels, The Road to Mecca, The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, Cabaret, Communicating Doors, Kith and Kin, 33 Variations, Angels in America, King Lear, The Tempest 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, one of the 70+ national members of The League of Resident Theatres, in residence at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Work includes theatre and symphony collaborations; interdisciplinary projects; the development and premieres of many new scripts including ones by Clyde Edgerton, Wendy Hammond, and Beth Henley; and, recently, stage and film documentaries about American ambition, developed over three years, performed live and captured on film.

Member Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors' Equity Association  

 
  
    Project/event timeline, directing/producing, partial list
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 groups of people whose life stories also tell the history of their time; developed/produced 2017-present.




Alongside the 2018 Broadway revival of Angels in America, The World Only Spins Forward (Bloomsbury) by Isaac Butler / Dan Kois, tells how Angels changed the world, in the words of 250 who 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 (this one sponsored by Aldersgate). Piccadilly shines a little 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, Two year writer/director commission, BACCA Visiting Artist Program at Davidson College 2014-15; based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and set at the First World Conference for Peace. N.Y.-based Hammond's work has been produced at Primary Stages, Second Stage, and Purple Rose among many.




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