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Stephen DiMenna

Director SSDC

Directing credits include:


Vigil with Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg, The DR2 Theatre;   When We Were Singing, The Harold Clurman Theatre; Timekeepers with Alan Cumming and Ron Rifkin,The Messenger with Amy Redford and Troy Garety, Rattlestick Theatre; The Grabelski Concertos, Mint Theatre; Breathing Under Water, MCC Theater and The Stand, Delerious, Forbidden Love, Ten Days, Beneath My Feet, and Uncensored, MCC Theater Youth Company; September and The Saintly Sinner, Young Playwrights Inc., A Silver Throne, The Drama League; Prometheus Bound by Steven Sater, Ensemble Studio Theatre; Incidents in the Life of a Slave, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Gone Missing by Ed Napier at HB Playwright's Foundation.


In 1996 he was the assitant director for Robert Wilson on the opera Time Rocker with music by Lou Reed at The Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, Germany.

Tiny Island, Blackbird, The Guthrie Theater; Vigil, 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 of Minneapolis; Gemini, Woman in Mind, A Perfect Ganesh and Ten November, Theatre-in-the-Round. He was Associate Director of The Great American History Theatre where he directed The Kentucky Cycle, Hauptmann, The Great Gatsby, Small Town Triumphs, Scott and Zelda and Through The Wheat



He appeared as Glen in the movie Camp written and directed by Todd Graff produced by Danny DeVito, IFC and Killer Films in 2003.



The Foreigner and Hay Fever, Bayview Theatre Festival, Bayview, Michigan. Princeton University Triangle Club musical (1999, 2001) at the McCarter Theatre.

In addition to his professional directing work he has conducted residencies and workshops for diverse populations of students and teachers. In New York he is currently a senior teaching artist for The Theatre Development Fund, MCC Theater, City Center's Encores program and The Roundabout Theatre. He is the Artistic Director of The MCC Theatre Youth Company which works with inner city youth in New York. He is on the faculty of New York University's Steinhardt School of Education Program in Educational Theatre. He is a consultant and professional development workshop leader for the New York City Department of Education and was a co-writer of the NYC Blueprint for the Arts Theatre Curriculum. Since 1993 he 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. He has directed original musicals for The Roundabout Theatre in partnership with Public School Repertory Company a Manhattan Alternative School. He directs theatre workshops regularly for The Stratford Festival of Canada and has conducted workshops for The American Theatre Association and The Educational Theatre Association and the American Alliance for Theatre in Education. He is a member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and an alumus 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.