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Steve Steiner has had a long career in the performing arts, beginning nearly 50 years ago when his first 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. 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 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 a decision to change leadership, a move which ultimately caused Surflight’s bankruptcy and closing. Steve is proud to have led the 2 year effort to successfully re-open Surflight Theatre. Directorial credits include 2 National Tours, 8 major Casino Productions and more than 50 Regional Productions in 17 states. In addition to his work in the theatre, Steve is on the boards of: The South Jersey Cultural Alliance (Past President), ArtPride New Jersey (Treasurer) and Ocean County Tourism Advisory Committee (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.


[Regional (US)]
Delaware Theatre Company World Premiere Production, 2015
Eddie's Father/Mr. Hayes/Ensemble

Original Broadway Production, 1996
The Chief of Police

The Astounding Stralenko


Clay (Understudy)

Original Off-Off-Broadway Production, 1994

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1993

[Regional (US)]
World Premiere, 1993

Broadway Production, 1990
Decca Session Musician

Jack Daw

Murray Deutch

A Hayrider

Decca Producer (Understudy)

DJ (KPST) (Understudy)

DJ (WCLS) (Understudy)

DJ at Apollo (Understudy)

Clearlake MC (Understudy)

Hipockets Duncan (Understudy)

The Big Bopper (Understudy)

Lincoln Center Revival, 1987

Member of the Lady Fair Quartet

Chanty Quartet

Captain (Understudy)

Steve Steiner News

STATE FAIR is Now Playing at Surflight Theatre

Surflight Theatre is continuing their 2023 Season with the musical theatre staple, State Fair. Filled with dance and gorgeous music, State Fair travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair.

Photos: First Look At ONCE At The Laguna Playhouse

Laguna Playhouse presents the fourth show of its season, the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE, book by Edna Walsh. See photos from the production.

ONCE to be Presented at Laguna Playhouse in March

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE will present the fourth show of its season, the Tony Award-winning musical ONCE, book by Edna Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, musical direction by Julia Hoffmann, choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan and directed by Steve Steiner.

Interview: Martin Silvestri, Joel Higgins & Christine Andreas Talk About the Past and Future of THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA at Surflight Theatre

One of the most enduring of human beliefs is the idea of the existence of an afterlife. All sorts of terrors and challenges can be endured in an earthly life if one believes in a world beyond where things will be not only better but perfect. That is one of the central ideas of THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA, a musical that is opening next week at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, NJ on Long Beach Island.

Surflight Theatre Presents THE FIELDS OF AMBROSIA, September 7-25

Surflight Theatre, New Jersey's “Broadway at the Beach,” will present a new production of The Fields of Ambrosia this September.

Buy Tickets Now For CHESS At Surflight Theatre

Surflight Theatre, New Jersey’s “Broadway at the Beach,” plans to present a reimagined Chess this August.

Surflight Theatre Celebrates Judy Garland's 100th Birthday This Month

Surflight Theatre honors Judy Garland's 100th birthday with Get Happy! The Music of Judy Garland. Eighty-three years after singing about “somewhere over the rainbow,” Judy's music continues to thrill audiences with her unyielding star power.

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Opens Surflight's 73rd Season

Surflight Theatre returns for the Summer 2022 season, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner, to present its Mainstage production of An American in Paris. Adapted from the 1951 Academy-award-winning film starring Gene Kelly, this Broadway delight has been beloved by audiences, winning four Tony awards in 2015.

World Premiere of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS & More Announced for Laguna Playhouse 2022-2023 Season

Laguna Playhouse has announced its 2022-2023 Season of Shows! Their season begins with the most successful new Canadian play of the last decade, the hilariously heartwarming KIM’S CONVENIENCE.

Photos: First Look at The Laguna Playhouse's Production of THE SPITFIRE GRILL

THE SPITFIRE GRILL begins previews on Wednesday, January 26; will open on Sunday, January 30 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, February 13, 2022 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.

Laguna Playhouse Presents Musical Adaptation THE SPITFIRE GRILL

Laguna Playhouse has announced its first production of the new year, the touching and tender musical, THE SPITFIRE GRILL, music and book by James Valcq, lyrics and book by Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, musical direction by Glen Rovinelli and directed by Steve Steiner.

Surflight Theatre Announces Holiday Offerings

Wondering what to do for the Holidays to make memories, share time, celebrate with others, connect with others, and/or help your local economy? Join Surflight and our fellow businesses for Holidays on the Island.

Surflight's 72nd Season Continues with XANADU

After successfully and safely presenting throughout 2020 and producing throughout the 2021 Season, Surflight Theatre is honored to be continuing on with the musical Xanadu, Concerts, Comedy, and with having been featured on the Rise and Shine segment of Good Morning America which aired July 21st.

BWW Interview: Michael McAssey Talks About OPEN MAC, Don't Tell Mama's Anniversary, and 40 Years of NYC Cabaret

What do you get when you combine the pianistic finesse of Michael Feinstein, the smooth phrasing of Tony Bennett, and the bawdy wit of Bette Midler? You get Michael McAssey, who for 40 years has reigned as the clown prince of New York cabaret, and has enchanted as one of its most talented troubadours. He calls what he does 'schtick.' But that's undervaluing his unique blend of beautiful ballad singing and standup, or rather 'sit down' comedy.

Surflight Theatre to Present Outdoor Shows in 'Big Top' This Summer has reported that Beach Haven's Surflight Theatre will be presenting live shows this summer in an open-air tent the theater is calling the a?oeBig Top'. They will be presenting Cabaret July 10-Aug. 2, followed by Mamma Mia! Aug. 4-30.

Feinstein's/54 Below Will Present STARBORN: A DISCO ODYSSEY

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present 'Starborn: A Disco Odyssey' on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 at 9:30 PM.

Beach Haven's Surflight Theatre Presents Original Musical TIS THE SEASON

Beach Haven's Surflight Theatre, under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Steve Steiner, is ending its highly successful 70th anniversary season with the original musical Tis the Season. With book by Surflight favorite Andrew Foote, concept by Gail Anderson, Musical Arrangements by Steve Steiner and Direction and Choreography by Paula Hammons Sloan this toe tapping tuneful musical of joy, belief and traditions is wowing audiences through December 15th. With fantastic dancing, terrific music, a story of love, laughter, finding the joy and believing, you will leave the theatre uplifted and ready for the Holiday Season.

BROADWAY FRIGHT NIGHT Returns To The Green Room 42

BROADWAY FRIGHT NIGHT returns for its third annual all-new celebration of songs from musicals with Supernatural, Horror and Sci-Fi themes. This special concert event will be held on Monday, October 28th at The Green Room 42, Yotel NYC, 570 Tenth Avenue (at 42nd Street), 4th Floor, New York, NY 10036 at 7 PM. Created and hosted by New York Casting Director Stephen DeAngelis, sixteen of New York's finest performers will pay homage to Broadway and Off-Broadway's most original, intriguing and terrifying characters.

Full Cast Announced for Andrea McCardle Led BOYNTON BEACH CLUB

Boynton Beach Club is a poignant musical comedy about people's amazing capacity to rebound and fall in love again at any age.

Surflight Announces BOYNTON BEACH CLUB Starring Andrea McArdle

BOYNTON BEACH CLUB is a poignant musical comedy about people's amazing capacity to rebound and fall in love again at any age. It's the story of Baby Boomers living in South Florida, whose lives intersect at a local bereavement group where they go to find emotional support after the loss of a loved one. However, they soon find themselves back in the "dating game" again after decades of married life, only to discover that all the rules have changed! Those who think that new love and romance end well before retirement age are in for a reality check.


Steve Steiner has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Steve Steiner has not appeared in the West End

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