Stephen DiMenna

Stephen DiMenna is an Off-Broadway and regional theatre director. He is the Artistic
Director of The International Theatre and Literacy Project which use theatre as a means of
social uplift for children in developing countries. In Minneapolis he was the Artistic Director of
InisitalStageTheatre from 1989-1995 and the Associate Artstic Director of The History
Theatre from 1989-1995. He is a resident director and company member at The Pillsbury
House Theatre in Minneapolis. He was the founder and Artistic Director of The MCC Theater
Youth Company, an ensemble of NYC youth that creates original productions within a
professional Off-Broadway theatre. He is on the faculty at NYU’s Steinhardt School of
Culture, Education and Human Development, Program in Educational Theatre. He has
directed in New York, Minneapolis and regionally. He is the Artistic Director of InitialStage
Collective, a group of artists devoted to developing new scripts for theatre, film and television.


Theatre directing credits include: NEW YORK: Vigil (with Malcolm Gets and Helen Stenborg) Produced by Daryl Roth at the DR2. The Messenger, Rattlestick Theatre; The Grabelski Concertos, Mint Theatre; When
We Were Singing, The Clurman Delerious, Breathing Under Water, Forbidden Love, Ten
Days, Beneath My Feet, Uncensored, MCC Theater; Prometheus Bound (by Steven
Sater), Ensemble Studio Theatre; Gone Missing, HB Playwright’s Foundation; September
and The Saintly Sinner, Young Playwrights Inc., A Silver Throne,The Drama League;
Incidents in the Life of a Slave, NYU/Tisch. REGIONAL: Vigil (with Timothy Busfield),
Westport Playhouse. In Minneapolis: Blackckbird, Tiny Island, The Guthrie Theatre; Bug,
Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train, Bel Canto, Blackbird and Vigil, The Pillsbury House
Theatre; The Shape of Things, Eye of The Storm Theatre; Creeps, Jersey City,
InitialStage; Romeo and Juliet, The Children’s Theatre Company; Gemini, Woman in Mind,
A Perfect Ganesh, Ten November, Theatre in The Round. He was Associate Director of
The History Theatre where he directed The Kentucky Cycle, Hauptmann, The Great
Gatsby, Small Town Triumphs, Scott and Zelda and Through The Wheat. He also
directed at The Minnesota Opera, The Cricket Theatre, The Playwright’s Center and The
McCarter Theatre. In 1996 on a Drama League Fellowship he worked as assistant director for
Robert Wilson on the opera Time Rocker at The Thalia Theatre in Hamburg, Germany.
He has produced and directed four documentary films about rural children in Tanzania and
South Africa which can be seen at www.itlp.org. He appeared as Glen in Todd Graff’s 2003
film CAMP. He is a member of SDC, TCG and an alumnus of The Drama League.


He has conducted artist-in- the-schools residencies for 35 years working with diverse
populations of students and teachers. In New York he is currently a senior teaching artist for
Theatre Development Fund and City Center, The Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for a New
Audience and Arts Connection. He is a consultant on theatre education for the New York City
Department of Education for whom he co-wrote the Theatre Curriculum Blueprint and is on
the theatre faculty of The Summer Arts Institute. He is the director of The Hennepin County
Home School Drama Project where he conducts workshops with incarcerated juvenile felons
in a detention facility in Minneapolis. He was the founder and Artistic Director of The Fuller
Young People’s Theatre in Minneapolis for ten years where he created over 60 original plays,
musicals and operas for young people. He is a workshop leader for The Stratford Festival in
Ontario, Canada and has conducted workshops for The Royal Shakespeare Company and
The Old Vic Theatre in London and The American Association of Theatre in Education and
The Educational Theatre Asscoiation.