Stephen was born and raised in Oakland, CA, with a brief stint in Littleton, CO. He lived in Portland, OR, while attending Reed College, then in Avignon, France, while teaching English in nearby l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. He studied at the American Conservatory Theater with their Summer Training Congress in San Francisco, and in London for a semester at the British American Drama Academy. He has learned much from school and his professors, and continues to learn from his peers and friends every day.
Stephen arrived in New York in 2012 to pursue an acting career, and has since plunged into directing, composing, and songwriting as well. He has discovered a passion for developing work and collaborating on devised theater productions. He is increasingly interested on the dialogue between music and text in theater. Stephen performed several of Jeff Raab's original songs from Libra Theater Company's Twelfth Night, along with Jeff and members of the cast at Fourth Art Block's FABnyc 2013. He played several songs in Alexandra Bassett's short play Limoncello, Limoncello that summer as well.
A musician at heart, he composes mostly for theater pieces. He first set text for a production of Ariel Dorfman's Widows in London in 2009. In 2013, he decided to go big and wrote songs as well as setting preexisting text for What You Will, his own special take on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. In the Summer of 2014, he wrote and developed the music for Elana McKelahan's Three Sisters in Brooklyn, with HIT (Highly Impractical Theater). He has written music for This is Not a Theatre Company's A Serious Banquet and the podplay Ferry Play. He recently composed a brief score to the short film That Friend in one day for the 7 Day Challenge. Keep an eye out for his upcoming adaptations of The Duchess of Malfi and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.