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Steven Maler

 
Bio:
Steve Maler is the founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), which presents free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common. His CSC 2001 production of Twelfth Night won the Elliot Norton award for “Best Production,” his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Steve Maler is the founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), which presents free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common. His CSC 2001 production of Twelfth Night won the Elliot Norton award for “Best Production,” his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ... (read complete bio)
 

 

Steven Maler Biography

Steve Maler is the founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), which presents free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common. His CSC 2001 production of Twelfth Night won the Elliot Norton award for “Best Production,” his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream won the Norton Award for "Outstanding Director,” his production of Suburbia for the SpeakEasy Stage Company won the Norton Award for "Best Production," and his production of John Kuntz’s Starf***ers won the Norton Award for “Best Solo Performance.” Starf***ers was presented in the New York International Fringe Festival and won the “Best Solo Performance Award.”
The critically acclaimed Othello starring Seth Gilliam and James Waterston, played on Boston Common for CSC and was seen by over 110,000 people. Other productions include the American Premiere of Peter Eötvös' operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America; The Taming of the Shrew, starring Jennifer Dundas, Hamlet, starring Jeffrey Donovan, Macbeth, starring Jay O. Sanders, Henry V, starring Anthony Rapp, A Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, and The Tempest for CSC; the World Premiere of Enrico Garzilli’s Michelangelo for Opera Providence; Turn of the Screw for The New Repertory Theatre; Santaland Diaries and Porcelain for the SpeakEasy Stage Company; Top Girls and Weldon Rising for The Coyote Theatre; and The L.A. Plays by Han Ong for the American Repertory Theatre, where he was the Artistic Associate for New Plays.
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.
From 2002-2006 he was the Vice President for Artistic Programming at Citi Performing Arts Center (formerly The Wang Center). At Citi Center, he created the Programming and Investment Committee to engage Trustees around programming challenges; he launched American Voices, a series of staged readings of classic American plays featuring some Broadway’s best actors – Leslie Uggams, David Morse, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Denis O’Hare, Blair Brown, Anthony Mackie, Charles Busch, Paul Rudd and Fred Weller; and he launched Artropolis, a subscription series offering high quality family entertainment with educational study guides and artist talkbacks (productions include Rachel Portman’s operatic treatment of The Little Prince, Deaf West’s production of Big River, Project Bandaloop, and AGA-Boom).
His feature film, The Autumn Heart, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and won the "Audience Choice" award at The Nantucket Film Festival. It was released in September 2000.
He is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre 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 American Repertory Theatre, 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 twenty years.




Steven Maler News

39th Elliot Norton Awards Nominations Announced - See the Full List! Photo 39th Elliot Norton Awards Nominations Announced - See the Full List!
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 25, 2022

More than 60 nominations in over two dozen categories of outstanding actors, directors, designers, choreographers, musicians, and productions were announced today by the Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) for the 39th Elliot Norton Awards.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces Benefit Staged Reading of MEASURE FOR MEAS Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces Benefit Staged Reading of MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 28, 2022

CSC will host a one-night-only benefit staged reading of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare, directed by Founding Artistic Director Steven Maler. This production will feature Christian Coulson (Harry Potter, The Hours, Mozart in the Jungle, Nashville) as Angelo and features a dynamic cast of the area’s extraordinary talent. 

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Coolidge Corner Theatre Present Shakespeare Reim Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Coolidge Corner Theatre Present Shakespeare Reimagined: TO BE OR NOT TO BE
by Stephi Wild - Feb 17, 2022

For the second year, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) and the Coolidge Corner Theatre are teaming up to take an in-depth look at how some filmmakers have brought Shakespeare's stories to the screen.

CSC & Coolidge Corner Theatre to Present Shakespeare Reimagined: THE TRAGEDY OF MACBE Photo CSC & Coolidge Corner Theatre to Present Shakespeare Reimagined: THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 16, 2021

For the second year, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) and the Coolidge Corner Theatre are teaming up to take an in-depth look at how some filmmakers have brought Shakespeare’s stories to the screen.

CSC Announces the Cast and Creative Team for FREE SHAKESPEARE ON THE COMMON: THE TEMP Photo CSC Announces the Cast and Creative Team for FREE SHAKESPEARE ON THE COMMON: THE TEMPEST
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2021

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Artistic Director Steven Maler, have announced the cast and creative team for William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring the great Shakespearean actor John Douglas Thompson in the role of Prospero. 

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents TEMPEST TALKS: LOOKING BEHIND THE CURTAIN Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents TEMPEST TALKS: LOOKING BEHIND THE CURTAIN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 12, 2021

In anticipation of the summer 2021 production of The Tempest on Boston Common, the series Tempest Talks, hosted by CSC Associate Artistic Director Bryn Boice, focuses on the various elements that come together to put a great production on the stage: direction, design, performance.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces Third Offering of THE ACTORS CRAFT With De Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces Third Offering of THE ACTORS CRAFT With Denis O'Hare on KING LEAR
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 8, 2021

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s new virtual series “The Actor’s Craft” offers a glimpse into the process actors use to bring Shakespeare’s characters to life on stage. Each session features a renowned actor talking about the character with CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler and then performing selected scenes and soliloquies. 

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Coolidge Corner Theatre Present SHAKESPEARE REIM Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Coolidge Corner Theatre Present SHAKESPEARE REIMAGINED: BRINGING HIS STORIES TO THE SCREEN
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 17, 2020

The plays of Shakespeare have been translated into more than one hundred languages, and his timeless stories have inspired great works in many art forms.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents THE ACTOR'S CRAFT With Amy Ryan and Jason B Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Presents THE ACTOR'S CRAFT With Amy Ryan and Jason Butler Harner
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 11, 2020

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company will continue its online series 'The Actor's Craft' with acclaimed actors Amy Ryan and Jason Butler Harner exploring the roles of Beatrice and Benedick, the couple at the center of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The event will take place on Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces PLAYON@CSC Featuring Seth Gilliam, Janet M Photo Commonwealth Shakespeare Company Announces PLAYON@CSC Featuring Seth Gilliam, Janet McTeer and More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 9, 2020

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has announced a slate of upcoming online programming called PlayOn@CSC. The new initiative comprises three series of digital programs that feature actor performances, live conversations, film screenings, and much more, giving audiences a unique behind-the-scenes look.