Kent Stephens

Kent Stephens brings to the classroom four decades of experience as a professional theatre artist: producer, artistic director, stage director, playwright, actor and singer. His teaching is rigorous, passionate and fun; constantly demanding but infinitely supportive—even long after the course has ended.

Credentials
  • Directing Twelfth Night with Frances McDormand at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta
  • Writing and directing the world premiere of Angelheaded Hipster with T.R. Knight at Illusion Theatre, Minneapolis
  • Directing the Broadway production of So Long on Lonely Street with Stephen Root—the final show produced by the legendary Cheryl Crawford
  • Writing Orson Welles Rehearses Moby Dick, premiered by the Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis
  • Directing Albee's The Goat with Joe Hanreddy and Laura Gordon, Milwaukee Rep.
  • Workshopping and directing the premiere of Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher, Illusion Theatre
  • Founding Kent Stephens' Stage Force by producing Craig Wright's The Pavilion in a 19th-century barn in Maine
  • Writing, directing and producing Lamplight Dialogues, an evening of six plays produced in six different historic properties of the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
  • Roger L. Stevens Award, Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, for Mrs. Mackenzie's Beginner's Guide to the Blues
  • Morrow-Heus Screenplay Fellowship, Minnesota Film Board, for The Yellow Chairs
  • UNIMA Citation of Excellence for writing and directing ALLeGOREY, with Janie Geiser, Center for Puppetry Arts, Atlanta
  • Distinguished Service Award, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota
  • Carbonell Award (South Florida Theatre and Arts Honors) for Best Production, Fifth of July, Coconut Grove Playhouse/Alliance Theatre
Organizations
  • Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), former Midwest Regional Representative
Education

B.A. Religious StudiesYale University