He has received the Kevin Kline Award for Best Direction for his production of Red at The Rep, and the Kevin Kline Award for Best Production for Awake and Sing! at The New Jewish Theatre.
He has been recognized with the Award for Individual Excellence in the Arts by the Arts and Education Council and with the Good Guy Award, given by the St. Louis Women’s Political Caucus. He is one of the first recipients of Webster University’s Declaration of Merit and was recognized by the Missouri Citizens for the Arts, which awarded The Rep its Arts Award for Advocacy.
Steve received his BA in theatre and MFA in directing from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and an honorary doctorate by the University of Missouri–St. Louis. He served as a panelist and an on-site evaluator for the theatre program for the National Endowment for the Arts and on the advisory panel for the Regional Arts Commission. He served on the executive committee and the national negotiating committee for the League of Resident Theatres, as well as on the board of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, and he has been a trustee of the IATSE Local #6 health fund. He has been on the faculty of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School under John Houseman and is adjunct faculty at Webster University.
His past direction at The Rep includes The Humans, Heisenberg, Constellations, A Christmas Carol, All the Way, The Winslow Boy, Other Desert Cities, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Red, A Steady Rain, You Can’t Take It With You, The Diary of Anne Frank, Frost/Nixon, The History Boys, The Pillowman, Humble Boy, Pirandello’s Henry IV, The Retreat From Moscow, The Crucible, blue/orange, Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, Copenhagen, The Shape of Things, ART, Dinner with Friends, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Death of a Salesman, Betrayal, As Bees in Honey Drown, Skylight, A Question of Mercy, Arcadia, The Life of Galileo, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Living, Death and the Maiden, Six Degrees of Separation, Sight Unseen, Other People’s Money, Terra Nova, Dog Logic, The Voice of the Prairie, Company and A Life in the Theatre.
He directed the critically acclaimed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Great Lakes Theatre Festival in Cleveland. Locally, he has directed for Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre and The New Jewish Theatre. His production of The Voice of the Prairie has been seen at Totem Pole Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, where he directed The Crucible, honored as Best Play in the region by two major critical award panels, Skylight and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial. He has directed plays such as The Physicists, The Fantasticks, U.S.A., The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Stop the World I Want To Get Off, Jacques Brel is Alive..., and many others around the country. While in New York he served as the project producer of the original productions of The Robber Bridegroom and The Red Blue-Grass Western Flyer Show and was co-producer of Tom Griffin’s Workers. Off-Off-Broadway he directed Impulse and Chicken Soup and worked on The Acting Company’s Broadway season at the Billy Rose Theatre. Stock work has taken him to places such as Lakewood Musical Playhouse, Ivoryton and Cecilwood Theatres. He has worked in major regional theatres including long-term residencies at the world-famous Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia and at StageWest in Springfield, Massachusetts.