Stephanie is a film & theatre actor, a storyteller, and a creative collaborator. While she’s no stranger to musical theatre, and even Opera, Stephanie spends much of her time working with experimental/avant-garde theatre artists around the world. She has appeared in numerous classical texts re-imagined for contemporary audiences, as well as original works told through a mash-up of live performance and technology. She has performed and collaborated with Reid Farrington (The Return at the MET and CasablancaBox at HERE Arts *Drama Desk Nom*), Lars Jan (The White Album at BAM, On the Frontier with CNP), Sara Farrington (Leisure, Labor, Lust), Marina McClure, Gia Forakis (core company member of Gia Forakis & Co), Mark Greenfield, Randall Sharp, Sarah Hughes, Robert Cucuzza, Samantha Shay/ Source Material, Fernando Belo, and Theatre Movement Bazzaar (Cherry Jam). Stephanie loves to tell stories with her entire body, voice, and heart.
Photo by Joe Velez / ATP
Stephanie’s first love was musical theatre. She attended Bergen County Academies with an emphasis on Theatre, where she tried her hand at acting, singing, dancing, choreography, playwriting, directing, even light & set design. She spent her summers working at renowned New Jersey theatres such as Paper Mill Playhouse, NJPAC, and Surflight Theatre. While at the Academies she played Fantine in LES MISERABLES, Mercutio in ROMEO & JULIET, and was awarded the Tiffany Rising Star Scholarship through Paper Mill Playhouse upon graduation.
Stephanie went on to receive her BFA in Theatre from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Some of her CalArts highlights include Frances Farmer in Robert Cucuzza’s HELLZAPOPPIN, Varya in Theatre Movement Bazzaar’s CHERRY JAM (a vivid reimagining of Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD), Martirio in THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA (dir. Julianne Just), and Valerian/Anna in the Center for New Performance Production of ON THE FRONTIER (dir. Lars Jan).
While at CalArts, Stephanie worked with exceptional experimental theatre artists whose work was has been produced in venues all over the world. Under the direction of Samantha Shay (founder of the internationally acclaimed company Source Material), Stephanie helped to create a physical re-imagined version of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST (DANCING BEHIND MY EYELIDS), which was performed at Club Oberon (in assoc. with American Repertory Theatre) in Cambridge, MA in January 2010. Stephanie also traveled with Fernando Belo's company, The Moving Art Collective, to Brno, Czech Republic to perform a physical/dance interpretation of Caryl Churchill’s, CLOUD NINE at the Setkani/Encounter Festival in April 2012.
Stephanie has also performed in venues all over the New York Metropolitan area, creating new gestural adaptations of older texts. In March 2013, she made her NYC debue as Oedipus in, OEDIPUS REX XX/XY at LaMama E.T.C. (dir. Mark Greenfield). She also works closely with Gia Forakis & Company, whose premiere production, using Forakis' coined "One Thought One Action" technique, was 1940's film noir translation of the Oedipus Rex tale entitled, "OREX: THE ORIGINAL MURDER MYSTERY."
Stephanie then played herself/a Docent in Reid Farrington’s THE RETURN at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in July-August 2015. THE RETURN used motion capture to bring Tullio Lombardo’s Adam to life! She was then featured in Reid Farrington & Sara Farrington's premiere of CASABLANCABOX at HERE Arts in April 2017-- a mad-cap play about the making-of Casablanca (1942)-- where she was named as "one of the most impressive performers" by the New York Times.
Continuing her travels, Stephanie is now touring the country with Lars Jan and Early Morning Opera while developing their newest project, Joan Didion's THE WHITE ALBUM. The piece will premiere at Pittsburg's Festival of Firsts (Oct 2018), go on to the BAM Harvey Theatre as part of the 2018 Next Wave Festival (Nov 2018), and then on to Los Angeles, courtesy of a co-presentation by Center Theatre Group & The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA(Apr 2019).
Stephanie is also continuing to develop a new play, M O N U M E N T-- based on Shakespeare's KING LEAR-- with Samantha Shay and Source Material, which will have its first workshop showing at the LungA Festival in Iceland July 19th-20th, 2018.