Artist Profile: Steven Sterne


Actor (Quickies 17, June/July 2017)

BIO: Steven Sterne is an actor, director, teaching artist and photographer. He received an MFA in Directing from University of Washington.Recently, he has worked with Ghost Light Theatricals (Director, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence; Dr. Ballard in Dr. Ballard’s Vaudeville Players), the 14/48 Projects, Seattle Theaterworks (the Doctor in Woyzeck), Infinity Box, Annex, Theatre Machine, and Seattle Public Theater. Steven serves on the Board at The 14/48 Projects and regularly teaches in Seattle Public Theater’s acclaimed education program.

Steven is married to local playwright Jennifer Dice, and their two children are regular performers on Seattle stages.


What was your favorite moment so far working on this show?

Oh boy. There has been much to enjoy. I think the most transcendent moment was when I realized that I was playing 3 very different Dads who are all emotionally blocked. That opened a deep vein and I’ve been mining it ever since.

What has been your biggest challenge so far working on your piece/s?

My own real life Dad is dying, so remaining in the room and focusing has been a little challenging.

What’s the most interesting thing you have found on the street?

A dying possum.

If you could instantly find something today that you have lost in the past, what would it be?

I’ve lost touch with a couple of people I knew well 30, 35 years ago. I’d like to find a couple of them.

What future projects are you excited about working on?

I’m directing Erik Hammen’s new play, The Inappropriate Suitor, this fall…and I hope to direct a play my daughter is working on for Battle of the Bards – both projects would be at Ghost Light. And I’m looking forward to acting in 14/48:The World’s Quickest Theater Festival in August.

Finish this sentence- “I love theater that…”

Rips my heart open and makes me laugh.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given as an artist?


Outside of theater, what are you really into right now?

Photography. My kids, who are not kids any more. Planning the first vacation my spouse Jenny and I will take just the 2 of us in many many years. Like 20 years.

Any other thoughts you’d like to share? (About Live Girls! Theater, Love, Life, Puppies, …really – anything at all?)

I love Live Girls. This is my third Quickies and I am happy to be back for it. The air of kindness and open creativity is wonderful, and every time I see Meghan Arnette I remember how we met, and that was a joyous experience.