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.
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 ActingI, 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.
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.
Internationally, he has directed and choreographed Trabajadores, the World Premiere of the Spanish version of Stephen Schwartz's musical Working for Grupo Aventura in Montevideo, Uruguay and Changing Hearts in Montréal, Canada.
He has choreographed in a wide range of styles and for such varied productions as the Sondheim musicals Follies, Into The Woods, Assassins and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the Bob Fosse shows Chicago, Pippin, 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 Boat, South Pacific, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Kiss Me Kate, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun and Once Upon A Mattress, and well known works from the last 50 years of Broadway like The Addams Family, Legally Blonde (WATCH Award nomination Choreography), In The Heights (WATCH Award Choreography), A Chorus Line (WATCH Award nomination Choreography), You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, The Pirates of Penzance, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Show, Urinetown, 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.
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 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).