Steve Steiner (Producing Artistic Director) has had a long career in the performing arts, beginning over 50 years ago when his first paying job at 14 was in a rock and roll band. Steve attended Webster University studying music. Following several years as a professional musician and avocational actor, Steve headed to NY at age 30 to give Broadway a try. Over the next 16 years he was fortunate to work almost nonstop in the theatre, including 3 Broadway, 3 Off-Broadway, 4 National Tours and dozens of Regional Productions. As he began to direct, the next step was an offer to become the Artistic Director of Surflight Theatre. During Steve’s tenure here, Surflight’s professional profile grew exponentially. Achieving an unprecedented attendance increase averaging over 10% per year for 12 seasons, Main Stage attendance increased more than 130%, Children’s Theatre increased more than 35%, a concert series was created, a Touring Educational Theatre Company was created, a school with classes for young people was formed and the Intern/Apprentice program was revitalized to become one of the most sought after programs for theatre students on the east coast. In August 2010 the Surflight Board made the unfortunate decision to change leadership, a move which ultimately caused Surflight’s bankruptcy in January 2015.
Steve has directed 4 National Tours, 8 major Casino Productions and more than 50 Regional Productions in 17 states, Including RING OF FIRE, ALL SHOOK UP and BUDDY…THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY for Laguna Playhouse. BUDDY will be touring Nationally again this fall, playing over 40 cities across America. In addition to his work in the theatre, Steve is on the boards of: The South Jersey Cultural Alliance (Past President), ArtPride New Jersey (Arts Advocacy), Ocean County Tourism Advisory Committee (Former Chair). He served 10 years on the Council (Board) of Actors Equity Association. Steve is the proud recipient of The Cultural Access Task Force’s Innovator Award for his forward thinking and hiring practices for Artists with Disabilities. In 2013 the Cultural and Heritage Commission awarded Steve a Special Recognition for the Advancement of the Arts in Ocean County, New Jersey.