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Steve Umberger has directed, produced, and developed 250+ 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, 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 plays including ones by Wendy Hammond, Christopher Kyle, Beth Henley and Clyde Edgerton; and, recently, stage-and-film documentaries about American ambition.

Member: Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Actors' Equity Association  
Ed. New York: Circle in the Square, Alan Langdon, Larry Moss


News/events timeline, partial list:

You Are Here is a series of live stage and film documentaries for The Playworks Group (Director, Principal), developed with filmmaker, composer, and groups of people whose lives trace the history and culture of their time; developed/produced 2018-2020.




Alongside the 2018 Broadway revival of Angels in America, The World Only Spins Forward (Bloomsbury) by Isaac Butler / Dan Kois, tells Angels' history in the words of 250 people 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. 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, Davidson College's first writer/director commission, based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, conceived and directed by Steve Umberger for the BACCA Visiting Artist Program 2015. N.Y.-based playwright Hammond's work has been seen at Primary Stages, Second Stage, Purple Rose and others.



Below: current two year projects, part of a series of documentaries on stage and film     


Developed by Lyndall Hare and Steve umberger / Directed by Steve Umberger
Film by Jay Thomas and Steve Umberger


Acting Our Age is a stage and film documentary developed with seven
people whose lives tell America's story during the past century.  

"This is an example of how we can save the world - conversations, 
empathy, engagement."  Audience member Beth Monaghan


 
Conceived and directed by Steve Umberger / Film by Jay Thomas and Steve Umberger

Call Me By My Name is a production of the StreetsmARTs Theatre Project,
about the experience of living without a home, with those who've done it. 
  
"If we can unravel this, we can let others in on what we figured out."  
StreetsmARTs cast member Hilda Mojica  

More about projects 

Images: Donna Bise, Jay Thomas, Perry Tannenbaum, William Guerrant, Mitchell Kearney, 
Nyghtfalcon, Norris Greenlee, Tom Terrell, Bobby Moody, Mark Garvin, Pelham Palmer
© 2019 Steve Umberger