Stephen Svoboda

Contact Stephen Svoboda:

Brenneman Music Hall

419-448-2004

ssvoboda@heidelberg.edu

Assistant Professor of Theatre

School of Music & Theatre


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Stephen Svoboda teaches coursework in acting, script analysis, musical theatre direction, play direction, theatre  history and criticism. He is responsible for curriculum and course  development in The School of Music and Theatre as well as being  responsible for the artistic and programmatic development of the Gundlach Theatre. He served as the Executive Artistic Director of the  Redhouse Arts Center from 2011 - 2016. Previously, he served as the  Executive Artistic Director of the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts  in Blue Mountain Lake, NY. While at the Redhouse Arts Center  Stephen developed unique partnerships with a variety of organizations  throughout the state, including a multi-million dollar contract with the  Syracuse City Schools that made The Redhouse the regional leader in arts education and integration. In addition, while at the Redhouse he  created a repertory company of artists, designers, and community  members that enabled him to produce, in a typical year, over 16  productions, 300 classes, and cultivate relationships with communities  typically underserved by arts including urban youth and families and  adults with disabilities. Prior to working in regional arts centers  Svoboda taught at the University of Miami, where his students and  colleagues ranked him as one of the best teachers in the College of  Arts and Sciences. He created a BFA in Playwriting and Directing  track that focused on developing young dramatists through devising,  growing, and staging new works, while celebrating the great diversity  of student voices.

His play Odysseus Died from AIDS, was developed in Miami and  received its world premiere at the New York International Fringe  Festival, where the production was awarded “Best Ensemble.”  Odysseus Died from AIDS was published in the anthology Plays and  Playwrights 2005, by the New York Theatre Experience, and received  it’s international premiere in 2007 in Athens, Greece with a  subsequent production in Seoul, South Korea in 2008. In March  2011, the Red House production of Odysseus DOA had a limited  engagement run at Theatre Row Studios in NYC. Odysseus DOA had  its regional premiere in 2012 at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, where  the production was awarded “Best Play in Connecticut” by Broadway  World. The Penguin Tango, premiered at the 2006 New York  International Fringe Festival in The Actor’s Playhouse. The production  was awarded "Best of the Festival" and extended as part of the Fringe  Encore Series in the Lion Theater at Theatre Row. It was recently  revived and revised on the Redhouse stage as part of the 2014-2015  season. Reconstructing Mama, a new musical written with NDavid  Williams, premiered Off-Broadway at The Theatre Row Studios in  August 2006. Stephen works internationally with The Harambe  Project to help do HIV/AIDS education and prevention and orphan  care throughout Africa.

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