Stephanie is a film and theatre actress, and artistic collaborator based New York City.  While she’s no stranger to musical theatre, and even Opera, Stephanie spends most of her time working with experimental/avant-garde theatre artists. She has appeared in numerous classical texts re-imagined for contemporary audiences, as well as original plays told through a mash-up of live performance and technology. She has acted and collaborated with Reid Farrington, Sara Farrington, Marina McClure, Gia Forakis, Mark Greenfield, Randall Sharp, Sarah Hughes, Lars Jan, Lily Whitsitt, Robert Cucuzza, Samantha Shay, Fernando Belo, and Theatre Movement Bazzaar (Tina Kronis). Stephanie is most attracted to stories that are told visually and with sound, as supported by her opposing loves for musical theatre and experimental movement-based work. Inspired by these “at odds” mediums, her work is always incredibly physical and sensorial.

 


Background

 

Stephanie’s first love was musical theatre. She attended Bergen County Academies (a magnet high school) with an emphasis on Theatre, where she tried her hand at acting, singing, dancing, choreography, playwriting, directing, even light & set design.  She spent summers working at famous New Jersey theatres such as PaperMill Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, and NJPAC (in assoc. with NJYT).  While at the Academies she played roles including Fantine in LES MISERABLES, Mercutio in ROMEO & JULIET, and was awarded the Tiffany Rising Star Scholarship through Papermill 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 in Robert Cucuzza’s HELLZAPOPPIN, Varya in Theatre Movement Bazzaar’s CHERRY JAM, 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 two groups of exceptional experimental 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 called 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 currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, performing in venues all over New York City and 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 was recently seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in July 2015, performing in Reid Farrington’s THE RETURN, which used motion capture to bring Tullio Lombardo’s Adam to life! She continues to work with Reid Farrington and Sara Farrington, and will be featured in the premiere of their newest project CASABLANCABOX at HERE Arts in April 2017.