Artistic & Education

Steven Maler, Founding Artistic Director

Steven Maler is Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) and Director of the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College. At CSC he has been producing Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common productions since 1996, including Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Coriolanus, All’s Well That Ends Well, Othello, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Henry V, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Romeo & Juliet; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in collaboration with Boston Landmarks Orchestra, featuring the Overture and Incidental Music of Felix Mendelssohn; as well as concert stagings of The Boys from Syracuse and Kiss Me, Kate at the Hatch Shell.

Other works include this season’s world premiere of Our American Hamlet at the Sorenson Center; the world premiere of Robert Brustein’s The Last Will; Peter Eötvös’s operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (U.S. Premiere); The Turn of the Screw at New Repertory Theatre; Santaland Diaries and Porcelain at SpeakEasy Stage Company; Top Girls and Weldon Rising at Coyote Theatre; and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong at A.R. T. His New York City credits include the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of Without You, written by and starring Anthony Rapp for which he was recognized with an Honorable Mention for Excellence in Directing by The NYMF 2010 Awards for Excellence. The production recently concluded a successful run in Seoul, South Korea.

He has received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence as well as for Best Production, Twelfth Night (CSC); Outstanding Director, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (CSC); Best Production, Suburbia (SpeakEasy); Best Solo Performance, John Kuntz’s Starf***ers, (also winning “Best Solo Performance Award” at New York International Fringe Festival).

His feature film The Autumn Heart, starring Tyne Daly, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Steve is a graduate of the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University where he directed Woyzeck, Pericles, The Duchess of Malfi, and Ghosts. He was the associate director of Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V at the A.R.T., and Titus Andronicus and Hamlet in Tokyo.

He grew up in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the John Motley Morehead scholarship. He has lived in the Boston area for over twenty years.


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