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Photo credit: Donna Bise 2017
Steve Umberger has directed, produced and developed plays, film/video projects and related events for many companies. Work includes staging and coordinating theatre / symphony projects, interdisciplinary collaborations, director and playwright commissions, and long-term development and production of many new works. Directing credits include Wit, Proof, Falsettos, Kith and Kin, Cabaret, Three Hotels, A Delicate Balance, Angels in America, 33 Variations, The Road to Mecca, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and video/film projects including ones based on the plays Boca, Decorations (from An Appalachian Trilogy; also co-author) and Husbandry (ASC Emerging Artist). He's been involved in the development of four theatre companies, including producing and directing 100+ plays as Founder and Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre, one of the 70+ national members of The League of Resident Theatres, and the flagship theatre in its 2.5m metro region.

Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors' Equity Association

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   ::Some of the timeline, last 5 years::

The Christians cast and production team; 2017, produced by Playworks in association with The Pine Hill Project; at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Playworks was established to develop and produce ensemble-driven work for stage and film.




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-seller and N.Y. Times Notable Book, the show has helped continue a conversation about 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 at Festival Stage: with Dr. James Caress, Director of the Wake Forest Health ALS Center, and ALS patient Susy Miller, 2013. Both were consultants on the two year collaboration coordinated between the professional company and Wake Forest University theatre and music, and The ALS Center on Moises Kaufman's Tony Award nominated play, synthesizing arts, education and medicine.



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 Series, with all season playwrights in residence. The reading happened during the Festival Stage production of Wiltse's play Hatchetman, first directed at People's Light in Philadelphia. (Pictured: Michael Huie, Wiltse, Amy DaLuz, Umberger, Mary McCool) Stone Cold had its first N.Y. reading the next year at The Directors Company.







"The impact of a production like this reminds us how important a professional theatre can be in the life of a city."  Broadway World, The Christians, Playworks

"The cast runs like a hormonally charged, well-oiled (if loosely bolted) machine.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Hatchetman, People's Light & Theatre

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



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Image credits on the site: Donna Bise, Mitchell Kearney, Nyghtfalcon, Norris Greenlee, Tom Terrell, Bobby Moody, Mark Garvin, Bill Giduz