Stephanie is an actor in film & theatre, a comedic writer, a Managing Director, and a creative collaborator. She spends much of her time working with avant-garde theatre artists from all over the world, appearing in classical texts re-imagined for contemporary audiences, as well as original works told through a mash-up of live performance and technology. She writes and performs her own work with Heck No Techno; a musical sketch comedy group based in NYC. She is the Managing Director and core company member of Source Material; a collective of artists/musicians/performers, who work together to excavate the deep truths and great stories of our communities. Stephanie has also performed and collaborated with Reid Farrington (The Return at the MET, CasablancaBox at HERE Arts *Drama Desk Nom*), Lars Jan (The White Album at BAM, On the Frontier with CNP), Gia Forakis & Company, and Theatre Movement Bazzaar (Cherry Jam). She loves to tell stories with her entire body, voice, and heart.

Photo by Joe Velez / ATP

Photo by Joe Velez / ATP

BACKGROUND

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Stephanie’s first love was musical theatre. She attended Bergen County Academies with an emphasis on Theatre, and spent her summers working at renowned New Jersey venues 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.  Some of her favorite roles at CalArts 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 theatre artists whose work has since been produced 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’s work has since been seen all over the New York Metropolitan area.  In March 2013, she made her NYC debut 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 a 1940's film noir translation of the Oedipus Rex tale entitled, "OREX: THE ORIGINAL MURDER MYSTERY."

Photo by Joe Velez / ATP

Photo by Joe Velez / ATP

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 sculpture, Adam, to life! She was then featured in Reid 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. The show received Drama Desk Award nominations for Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Projection Design.

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 show premiered at the August Wilson Center in Oct 2018 as part of Pittsburg's Festival of Firsts, before receiving its New York Premiere at BAM Harvey, in the 2018 Next Wave Festival (Nov 28-Dec 1, 2018). The company will travel to Los Angeles, courtesy of a co-presentation by Center Theatre Group & The Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA for its West Coast premiere in April 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 world premiere in April 2019 at the Bootleg Theatre in Los Angeles. She will also join the company in May 2019 to remount their “love letter to Anton Checkov” entitled, I SHOULD’VE HAD A PARTY FOR ALL THE THOUGHTS I DIDN’T SAY at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Stephanie was named Source Material’s new Managing Director in December 2018!

 

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