Steph Newman directs high-energy, story-driven musical theater. She often choreographs as well. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
With several show-stopping numbers that included tap, huge ensembles and big production values, this show had audiences returning to see numbers (and catch clues!) again and again.
With transformations of costumes, cars and scenery in several numbers, this Grease was a sold-out hit that was extended for a weekend.
A new musical from an LA-based company that told Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor in a fresh twist: at a high school with a live, onstage rock band called the "Merry Lives."
Whether it's trimming text or whole adaptations, Steph Newman makes Shakespeare accessible and fun onstage and off. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
A classic that embraced both humor and romance, this version focused on religion and strong visuals. Aggressively cut to move with a fast and furious pace, audiences went on a whirlwind of a ride with our tragic couple and their families.
Steph Newman's adaptation divided the role of King Lear between a man and a woman. Performed in the round with a small cast that utilized maskwork and movement, this adaptation's strong themes of violence towards women and its timely exploration of gender roles resonated with audiences.
A beloved comedic hit, this version was adapted with a steampunk theme. Youth and seniors alike raved about the comedy and style, which they found easy to understand -- and enjoy.
From new works to audience favorites, Steph Newman gets to the heart of the storytelling. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
A.R. Gurney's treasured tale of a man and his new dog is a heart-warmer. With incredible dialogue and a huge dose of humor, this is a true favorite to direct.
William Inge serves the human spirit with a side of small-town sentimentality in this lovely classic with a balanced cast. A tunnel of snow for all entrances had a wonderful effect on the comedy.
Kate Hamill's adaptation is the kind of creative and wildly funny show that Steph loves to collaborate on. This show was a smash hit and incredibly fun.
Playwright Catherine Butterfield came to see the production and particularly noted Steph Newman's ending of the play's visuals and blocking (no spoilers!) A wonderful play with a cast extended over three generations, this show is a love story and a mindgame.
The Michael Frayn best seller is a dazzling tribute to theater and a true joy to direct. The set did indeed pivot from the center and rotate act to act, and transitions were used as part of the storytelling. An audience favorite, this comedy is a director favorite, too!
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