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Steve Umberger has directed, produced and developed plays, film and video projects and related events for many companies. Favorite directing credits include Falsettos, Wit, Proof, Kith and Kin, Alice in Concert, Cabaret, The Speed of Darkness, Three Tall Women, The Road to Mecca, 33 Variations, Angels in America, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, and all seven A Midsummer Night's Dreams. His work includes producing / staging theatre and symphony collaborations, interdisciplinary projects, director and playwright commissions, and the long-term development and production of many new works. He's been involved in the development of three arts centers and four theatres, including producing / directing 100+ plays as Founder & Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre, one of the national members of The League of Resident Theatres and the leading professional company in its 2.5m metro region. Among film and video credits are adaptations of the plays Boca, Like Ashes, An Appalachian Trilogy (director/co-author), and Husbandry (ASC Emerging Artist).

Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society / Actors' Equity Association
Director / Principal, The Playworks Group
            
 
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   Logo designs: Jason Boys, Winnie Newton, Tom Terrell, Rheta Whittington
   Some of the timeline: Directing, producing and development, last 5 years:


The Lifestory Project, 2018-19, is a multimedia theatre series for Playworks developed with a production team and a group of people whose lives tell the history and culture of their time. Two of these projects are in process for 2019 production.



The Christians by Lucas Hnath, 2017; produced by Playworks in association with The Pine Hill Project; at Blumenthal Performing Arts. The nationally acclaimed play about the mystery of faith encouraged a conversation about what 'we' believe, and why.




With Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Dr. Lyndall Hare and actors Jay Adams and April C Turner. Large numbers stayed for talkbacks with guest clergy like Rawls after most performances of The Christians. One audience member said "Thanks for tackling the subject. This type of discussion happens nowhere else in society."




Lunch at the Piccadilly: With novelist and playwright Clyde Edgerton during the 2015 production. The new musical was developed by Playworks in four productions. Based on Edgerton's best-selling novel and N.Y. Times Notable Book, the show shines a 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.




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 at the First Annual World Interfaith Conference for Peace. Hammond's plays have been produced at Second Stage, SoHo Rep, Long Wharf 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, 2013; 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 level): 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 reading was 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)






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

Images: Donna Bise, Mitchell Kearney, Nyghtfalcon, Norris Greenlee, Tom Terrell, Bobby Moody, Mark Garvin, Pelham Palmer, Perry Tannenbaum, Bill Giduz
© 2018 Steve Umberger