Stefan is a director, choreographer, fight director, movement coach, educator, actor, singer and dancer. He holds a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Theatre with a concentration in Acting & Movement from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Drama and English Literature from The University of Virginia.
TEACHING
Stefan has been teaching at the college/university level for 25 years. He is on the faculty at George Mason University's School of Theater, where he teaches Movement in Musical Theatre and Musical Theatre Dance Audition Portfolio.  He is also Adjunct Professor of Theatre and Humanities at University of Maryland University College where he teaches Acting I, Acting II, Seminar in Shakespeare Studies, Intro to Theatre and Intro to Humanities. He received the 2017 and 2016 UMUC Professional Achievement Award and has been nominated three times for the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award.  

He has also taught Movement for the Actor I & IIStage Combat, Musical Theatre Dance, Jazz I & II, Tap I & II, Physical Theatre, Introduction to Stage Performance, Exploring Theatre, Discovering Acting and Effective Speech while serving on the faculty of The University of Virginia (SCPS), Virginia Commonwealth UniversityMessiah CollegeThe National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (NCDA) in Georgetown, The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC),  Arlington Center for Dance (now BalletNova) and the Escuela de Comedia Musical in Montevideo, Uruguay.  He has taught master classes, workshops, coached students, and created choreography for theatre productions at Georgetown UniversityGeorge Washington University, and James Madison University.

Stefan serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Theatre Association. As Chair of the College/University Division, he recently created the VTA Career Jumpstart, an on-going series aimed at helping college/university students connect, network, and learn from award-winning theatre professionals. 

He is also a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC), the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS).

DIRECTION & CHOREOGRAPHY
In New York City, Stefan created original choreography for the rock musical JessieOff-Broadway at The Chelsea Playhouse and Who Is Eartha Mae? a show based on the life/career of Eartha Kitt, at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. (United Solo Award)

Internationally, he has directed and choreographed Trabajadoresthe World Premiere of the Spanish version of Stephen Schwartz's musical Working for Grupo Aventura in Montevideo, Uruguay and Changing Hearts in Montréal, Canada.

Regionally, he has created choreography for several productions in the Washington D.C. area including Man of La Mancha for the Washington SavoyardsNoël & Gertie for MetroStagePolaroid Stories for The Studio TheatreJesus Christ Superstar for Open Circle Theatre (4 Helen Hayes Award nominations, including Outstanding Resident Musical), The Wiz for Atlas Performing Arts CenterFlora The Red Menace for 1st Stage (DC Theatre Scene Award nomination), Dorothy Meets Alice and Winnie The Pooh for Adventure TheatreHollywood Pinafore for The American Century TheaterBee for A.S.I.A. Theatreand other productions in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.  

He has choreographed in a wide range of styles and for such varied productions as the Sondheim musicals FolliesInto The Woods, Assassins and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Bob Fosse shows ChicagoPippin, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity, classics of the Golden age of American Musical Theatre like West Side Story (WATCH Award Stage Combat, WATCH Award nomination Choreography, Broadway World Award Nomination), Show BoatSouth PacificSeven Brides for Seven BrothersKiss Me KateBye Bye BirdieAnnie Get Your Gun and Once Upon A Mattress, and well known works from the last 50 years of Broadway like The Addams FamilyLegally Blonde (WATCH Award nomination Choreography), In The Heights (WATCH Award Choreography), A Chorus Line (WATCH Award nomination Choreography), You're A Good Man Charlie BrownThe Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror ShowUrinetown, Evita, Victor/Victoria (Ruby Griffith Award), The Secret Garden, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Nance and Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida.  

Additionally, he has directed and choreographed Anything Goes (WATCH Award nominations for Direction & Choreography), and the musical reviews Beehive, Red Hot & Cole and Jerry's Girls.  

His choreography has also been featured on television, most notably for DC Lottery's Rolling Cash 5 promos, featuring the legendary Chuck Brown.  

FIGHT DIRECTION
Stefan has staged fights and violence for several productions in the Washington D.C. area including Man of La Mancha for the Washington SavoyardsPolaroid Stories for The Studio Theatre, Falling Water for The Kennedy CenterNorth Shore Fish for Actors Repertory Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar for Open Circle Theatre (4 Helen Hayes Award nominations, including Outstanding Resident Musical)The Wiz for Atlas Performing Arts Center and LuvThe Sign In Sidney Brustein's WindowHollywood PinaforeHotel Universe, Picnic, The Seven-Year Itch and That Championship Season for The American Century Theater. He received the WATCH Award for Outstanding Stage Combat for West Side Story at Little Theatre of Alexandria and a WATCH Award nomination for a gender-reversed production of Hamlet at Port City Playhouse.

Stefan has been Fight Assistant to David Leong, Broadway and Hollywood Fight Director and Fight Master of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and he has trained with some of the most notable teachers in the SAFD, including Fight Directors Colleen Kelly and Michael J. Johnson. He has been a member of the SAFD for nearly 25 years and his training has focused mostly on Rapier & Dagger, Quarterstaff and Unarmed combat.

Stefan's article about his experience teaching Stage Combat in Uruguay, "Fighting in a Foreign Language: Teaching Unarmed Stage Combat in Spanish" was published in The Fight Master, Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors and on Fighting Arts.com.

PERFORMANCE
As a professional actor, Stefan has worked for several regional theatres including:  Signature TheatreOlney Theatre CenterThe Studio TheatreThe Kennedy CenterTheatre VirginiaThe Barksdale TheatreTheatre IVHeritage Repertory Theatre and Actor's Theatre of Washington.  In over 25 years as a performer, he has worked with several Broadway and Hollywood notables, including Angela LansburyGeorge HearnTina FeyChristina HendricksSavion GloverFlorence LaceyJudy McLaneJason GeorgeZachary KnightonBetty Ann Grove and Helen Carey.

AWARDS
Stefan is a 2 time recipient and 8 time nominee of the D.C. area WATCH Award

He received the 2016 WATCH Award for Outstanding Stage Combat for West Side Story and the 2015 WATCH Award for Outstanding Choreography for In The Heights
He has also received WATCH Award nominations for Outstanding Direction for Anything Goes (2017) and Outstanding Choreography for Anything Goes (2017), Legally Blonde (2017), West Side Story (2016) and A Chorus Line (2013) as well as a WATCH Award nomination for Outstanding Stage Combat for a gender-reversed production of Hamlet (2017).

D.C. Theatre productions that Stefan has been involved with have garnered a total of Helen Hayes Awards,19 Helen Hayes Award nominations, 2 Broadway World Award Nominations, 1 United Solo Award, 6 WATCH Awards, 51 WATCH Award nominations, 2 Ruby Griffith Awards, 48 DC Metro Theater Arts honors and 1 DC Theatre Scene Award nomination.  

DANCE
Stefan has danced with Crossroads Dance Project, The Center Dance Company, Momentum Dance Theatre, and Maria Watson's Dance This! and has appeared at several major venues in the D.C. area, including at The Kennedy Center's 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration, directed by Marvin Hamlisch and choreographed by Baayork Lee, as well as at Dance Place and Joy of Motion's Jack Guidone Theater.   

Stefan is also an alternate Judge for Imagine Dance Challenge and has judged competitions in Virginia, Georgia and Pennsylvania.   

Half-Uruguayan, and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Stefan is a native Spanish and Portuguese speaker and is fluent in French.  He lives in the Washington, D.C. area.   

Biography last updated 09-14-2018

BIOGRAPHY
Photo by Michael Bailey
Read Stefan's article
"Fighting In A Foreign Language: Teaching Unarmed Stage Combat in Spanish." published in The FightMaster,
the Journal of the Society of American Fight Directors and on
FightingArts.com


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choreography for DC Lottery's Rolling Cash Five promo featuring Chuck Brown.