People - Educational Theatre

Educational Theatre Faculty: Stephen DiMenna

Stephen DiMenna (Adjunct) BFA in Directing University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Conservatory; is an Off-Broadway and Regional Theatre director and educator.   Stephen’s New York directing credits include: Vigil with Timothy Busfield and Helen Stenborg which will open Off-Broadway Fall 2009. When We Were Singing at The Harold Clurman Theatre; The Messenger, Rattlestick Theatre; The Grabelski Concertos, Mint Theatre; Breathing Under Water, MCC Theater; Delerious, Forbidden Love, Ten Days, Beneath My Feet, The Stand and Uncensored, MCC Theater Youth Company; September and The Saintly Sinner, Young Playwrights Inc., A Silver Throne, The Drama League; Prometheus Bound, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Incidents in the Life of a Slave, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts; and Gone Missing at HB Playwright's Foundation. In 1996 he was the assistant director for Robert Wilson on the opera TIME ROCKER at The Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, Germany. His regional credits include: Blackbird and  Tiny Island, The Guthrie Theatre; Vigil at The Westport Country Playhouse; The Shape of Things, Eye Of The Storm Theatre; Jesus Hopped The A Train, Bug, Bel Canto, and Blackbird, Pillsbury House Theatre. As Artistic Director of InitialStage Theatre he directed Wendy Hammond’s Jersey City, David Freeman’s Creeps and other new plays; An Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grande Boeuf, The Cricket Theatre; The Music Man, The Minnesota Opera; Romeo and Juliet, The Children’s Theatre Company; Gemini, Woman in Mind, A Perfect Ganesh and Ten November, Theatre-in-the-Round. He was Associate Director of The History Theatre where he directed The Kentucky Cycle, Hauptmann, The Great Gatsby ,Small Town  Triumphs, Scott and Zelda and Through The Wheat. He has directed at Princeton University for the Princeton Triangle Club annual musical at the McCarter Theatre. He appeared as Glen in the movie CAMP written and directed by Todd Graff produced by Danny DeVito, IFC and Killer Films in 2003.

In addition to Stephen’s professional directing work he has conducted residencies and workshops for 30 years working with diverse populations of students and teachers. In New York he is currently a senior teaching artist for Theatre Development Fund, MCC Theater, City Center and The Roundabout Theatre. Stephen is the Artistic Director of The MCC Theatre Youth Company, which works with inner city youth in New York and is currently in residence at NYU's Program In Educational Theatre. He is on the faculty of New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development Program in Educational Theatre. He is a theatre consultant for the New York City Department of Education where he conducts professional development workshops for theatre teachers. He is a co-writer of the NYC Department of Education Theatre Blueprint Curriculum. Since 1993 Stephen has been the director of The Hennepin County Home School Drama Project where he conducts workshops with incarcerated juvenile felons in a detention facility in Minneapolis. He was the founder and Artistic Director of The Fuller Young People’s Theatre in Minneapolis for ten years where he created over 60 original plays, musicals and operas for young people. He was the director of Advanced Theatre studies at the Perpich Center for Arts Education, a statewide residential arts high school. He has directed original musicals for The Roundabout Theatre in partnership with Public School Repertory Company at Manhattan Alternative School. He directs theatre workshops regularly for The Stratford Festival of Canada and has conducted workshops for The American Theatre Association, The Educational Theatre Association and AATE. He is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and an alumnus of The Drama League Director's Project.  He is the Artistic Director of InitialStage, a theatre company in New York dedicated to new plays and musicals.