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Steve JosepStevehson (Executive Artistic Director)

Steve Josephson has worked professionally as a Producer, Director, Choreographer, Author, Lyricist and Performer for the past thirty years. His critically acclaimed and award winning works have been seen across the country and internationally, and include many American, European and World Premieres by renowned authors.

A graduate of Laguna Beach High School, he attended the University of Southern California (USC) with scholarships from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts in both Theatre and Dance. His association with USC extended for 20 years as he became a Producer and the Resident Director/Choreographer and a Playwright in Residence with Festival Theatre USC/USA, a repertory company that attends the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. For Festival Theatre he directed the European premieres of A. R. Gurney's A Perfect Party, Christopher Durang's Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You, Alan Menken's Weird Romance, Harold Arlen and Truman Capote's House of Flowers, William Finn's March of the Falsettos, Kenneth Lonnergan's This is Our Youth, as well as his own production's of Tea & Crumpets and The Aspern Papers.

In 2002 Mr. Josephson began a two-and-a-half year project in conjunction with Lucasfilm, Ltd. He produced the wildly successful production of Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes. SW30 was presented at the Lucasfilm Star Wars Celebration II in Indianapolis, Indiana and then subsequently in Los Angeles for the media release of the Star Wars episode II DVD. Following this production he produced the long-running production at the Coronet Theater in Los Angeles, and finally a performance for Comic-Con at the San Diego Convention Center.

In New York, he wrote, directed and produced the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway farce Some Summer Night which subsequently won the "1992 New American Musical Writers Festival". He also directed productions at NYU and for Circle Repertory. In Los Angeles, he produced and directed the West Coast premiere of Weird Romance, recipient of a Dramalogue Award. For Scottsdale's Ensemble Theatre Company he directed productions of Loot, The Lonesome West and 2 1/2 Jews, which later performed in Baltimore's Gordon Center for the Arts. In San Francisco, his production of Tea & Crumpets (which he co-produced, directed and co-authored) won the 1998 San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for "Best New Musical".

Josephson recently collaborated with the legendary author Ray Bradbury and composer John Hoke. Their production of Ray Bradbury's '2116' received workshops in Laguna Beach and Pasadena, California. It premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival and was a finalist for MTM:UK "Best New Musical."

His most recent collaboration has been in Prague with Mirjam and Daniel Landa on the World premiere of the rock opera Klíč Králů, for which he acted as Creative Director and Choreographer and as director of the Czech premiere of the musical RENT. Additional works in Prague include directing the Czech premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Prague Playhouse, as well as their production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie (English language premiere).

His eclectic background has brought him work crossing beyond normal boundaries. For Fox Sports and Primeticket he wrote and directed the televised USC Inaugural Sports Hall of Fame Induction hosted by Frank Gifford, which included his writing the last public address for former president Ronald Reagan. As a faculty choreographer for USC Dance Theatre and as an original member of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre, his choreography was chosen as part of the inaugural International Modern Dance Colloquium in Mexico City, where he also performed as a soloist.

In May of 2004, Mr. Josephson founded Gallimaufry Performing Arts and has produced and directed a staggering 75 productions for the eclectic organization (including three seasons with C Venues at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where besides his production of '2116' he also produced and directed the European premiere of Del Shores' Sordid Lives, the World premiere of Harlem Renaissance starring Tony-award nominated actress, Jonelle Allen and A Night at the Movies with his Gallimaufry & Greene Dance Company with choreographer, Sean Greene).


Chronological Listing


(2007 – 2013) INTERNATIONAL THEATREProducer / Director / Choreographer / Author

  RENT Producer / Director  2014 - Divadlo Kalich
č
RENT Producer / Director  2013 – Divadlo na Prádle, Prague
č
The Glass Menagerie Director / Set & Lighting 2013 - Prague Playhouse
***
Klíč Králů Creative Director / Choreo 2012 - Divadlo Broadway, Prague
č
Sweeney Todd Director / Choreographer 2012 - Prague Playhouse
***
Ray Bradbury’s ‘2116’ Producer / Director / Choreo. 2010 - Edinburgh Festival – C Venues
**
Carnival Knowledge  Producer 2010 - Edinburgh Festival – C Venues
**
A Night at the Movies Producer / Director 2008 - Edinburgh Festival – C Venues
**
Harlem Renaissance Producer / Director / Author 2007 - Edinburgh Festival – C Venues
**
Sordid Lives Producer / Director 2007 - Edinburgh Festival – C Venues

(2004 – 2011) GALLIMAUFRY PERFORMING ARTS, USAProducer / Director / Choreographer

White Dalmatian Producer / Director 2011 - Artists’ Theatre
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Choir Director 2010 - Laguna Playhouse
Damn Yankees  Producer / Director 2010 - Artists’ Theatre
Ray Bradbury’s ‘2116’ Producer / Director / Choreo. 2010 - Artists’ Theatre
Carnival Knowledge Producer 2010 - Artists’ Theatre
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Choir Director 2009 - Laguna Playhouse
Holiday Voices Producer 2009 - Artists’ Theatre
***
Merry Christmas 2116 Producer / Director / Choreo. 2009 - Forum Theatre
2nd Annual New Play Festival Producer 2009 - Forum Theatre
Broadway on the Beach II Producer / Director 2009 - Main Beach Park
Thoroughly Modern Millie Producer / Director 2009 - Artists’ Theatre
Bugsy Malone Producer / Director / Choreo. 2009 - Artists’ Theatre
Spring Celebration Producer 2009 - Artists’ Theatre
***
Scared Money Producer / Director  2009 - Forum Theatre
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Choir Director 2008 - Laguna Playhouse
Holiday Harmonies Producer 2008 - Artists’ Theatre
Pericles Redux Producer 2008 - Main Beach Park
*
The Arab, the Jew & Chicken Producer  2008 - Forum Theatre
Broadway on the Beach Producer / Director 2008 - Main Beach Park
OCPA New Play Festival Producer 2008 - Forum Theatre
Cabaret Producer 2008 - Artists’ Theatre
Willy Wonka Produce 2008 - Artists’ Theatre
Rhythms of Life Producer 2008 - Artists’ Theatre
Jump Rhythm Jazz Project Producer 2008 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
The Glass Menagerie Producer / Director 2008 - Forum Theatre
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Choir Director 2007 - Laguna Playhouse
Gloriously Gershwin Producer / Director 2007 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
Holiday Suite Producer 2007 - Artists’ Theatre
Guys and Dolls Producer 2007 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
The Jungle Book Producer / Director 2007 - Artists’ Theatre
Classic Roots / Classic Jazz Producer 2007 - Artists’ Theatre
Six Degrees of Separation Producer / Director 2007 - Forum Theatre
Dance Day Producer  2007 - Main Beach Park
***
Harlem Renaissance Producer / Director 2007 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
Hot ‘n’ Cole Producer / Director / Author 2007 - Forum Theatre
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Choir Director 2006 - Laguna Playhouse
Merry Tunes Producer 2006 - Artists’ Theatre
Best of Broadway II Producer / Director  2006 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
Carousel Producer 2006 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
Dance Day Producer 2006 - Main Beach Park
Meet Me in St. Louis Producer / Director 2006 - Artists’ Theatre
Seasons of Love Producer  2006 - Artists’ Theatre
Dance Day Producer 2006 - Main Beach Park
South Pacific Producer 2006 - Main Beach Park
Sordid Lives Producer / Director 2006 - Forum Theatre
Sister’s Christmas Catechism Choir Director 2005 - Laguna Playhouse
Best of Broadway II  Producer / Director 2005 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
caDance Festival  Executive Director 2005 - Artists’ Theatre
A Chorus Line Producer / Director  2005 - Artists’ Theatre
Seussical  Producer / Director 2005 - Artists’ Theatre
Dance Day Producer 2005 - Main Beach Park
Duets Producer / Director 2005 - Forum Theatre
March of the Falsettos Producer / Director 2004 - Forum Theatre
Best of Broadway  Producer / Director 2004 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium
Dance Day Producer  2004 - Main Beach Park
42nd Street Producer / Director 2004 - Artists’ Theatre
Into the Woods Producer / Director  2004 - Bridge Hall

(1980 – 2010) REGIONAL THEATRE, USA – Producer, Director, Choreographer

Wisdom 2116 Director / Choreographer 2010 - Fremont Theatre, Pasadena, CA
Merry Christmas 2116 Director / Choreographer  2009 - Freemont Theatre, Pasadena, CA
Heroes and Heroines Choreographer 2002 - Pageant of the Masters, Laguna
The Lonesome West Director / Set Design 2002 - Ensemble Theatre, Scottsdale, AZ
2 ½ Jews  Director /Set & Lighting Design 2001 - Ensemble Theatre, Scottsdale, AZ
2 ½ Jews Director /Set & Lighting Design 2001 - Gordon Center of the Arts, MD
Getting Married Director 2001 - University of Southern California
Tea & Crumpets Producer / Director / Author 1999 - University of Southern California
Love Letters
with Tom Skerrit and Kathy Baker
Producer / Director 1998 - Artists’ Theater, Laguna Beach
Loot Producer / Director  1998 - Scottsdale Center for the Arts, AZ
***
Tea & Crumpets Producer / Director / Author 1998 - 450 Geary Theatre, San Francisco
***
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Director / Conductor  1994 - University of Southern California
***
A Wonderful Life
supervised by Sheldon Harnick
Choreographer / Asst. Dir. 1989 - Laguna Playhouse
***
Manet Choreographer / Asst. Dir. 1989 - Laguna Playhouse
*
Attack of the Moral Fuzzies Director  1988 - Callboard Theatre, Los Angeles
*
Some Summer Night Producer / Director / Author 1987 - University of Southern California
Coleslaw Director / Choreographer 1986 - University of Southern California
Chicago Director / Choreographer  1984 - University of Southern California
***
Tower of Babel Director / Choreographer  1984 - University of Southern California
Cabaret Choreographer 1981 - Laguna Light Opera


(1994 – 2009) SPECIAL EVENTS, USA Producer, Director, Choreographer

Champion’s Club Director / Choreographer 2009 - TD Canada Trust
Pure Imagination Producer / Director / Choreo. 2009 - Chuck Jones @ Masterpiece Art
ArtMP Producer / Director / Choreo. 2009 - Masterpiece Publishing
Saxophones and Cabernet Entertainment Director 2002 - Laguna Art Museum
2000-1 New Years Celebration Producer / Director 2000 - City of Rancho Santa Margarita
1999-2000 New Years Producer  1999 - Laguna Art Museum
Swing into Art ’99 Producer 1999 - Laguna Art Museum
80th Anniversary Gala Producer / Director 1998 - Laguna Art Museum
Tea & Crumpets – CD Director/Musical Director 1997 - Allegro Music Productions
Homecoming Gala Producer  1997 - Laguna Art Museum
Sports Hall of Fame
Frank Gifford, Host 
Ronald Reagan, Last Public Appearance
Director / Author
1994 - Los Angeles Forum

(2007 – 2008) GALLIMAUFRY & GREENE CONTEMPORARY DANCEExecutive Director / Producer

Angels / Rite to Fall   Producer  2008 - Seven Degrees, Laguna Beach
Desolation Row Producer 2007 - Artists’ Theatre, Laguna Beach
***
A Night at the Movies Producer 2007 - Clubhouse Three Auditorium

(2001 – 2004) FESTIVAL THEATRE USA Founder, Incorporator, Executive Director

  Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes Producer 2004 - Comic-Con, San Diego
  Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes Producer  2003 - 2004 Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles
  Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes Producer 2002 - SW Celebration II, Indianapolis, IN
  Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes Producer 2002 - Zemekis Center for Digital Arts
  Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes Producer 2001 - Skywalker Ranch, & ILM

(1982 – 2001) FESTIVAL THEATRE USC/USA, UK Resident Director/Choreographer, Playwright in Resident

***
Le Boeuf Sur le Toit Choreographer 2001- French American Cultural Center of Arts, Paris, France
Le Boeuf Sur le Toit Choreographer 2001 - Edinburgh Festival
***
The Aspern Papers Director / Author 2001 - Edinburgh Festival
**
Weird Romance Director / Choreographer  2001 - Edinburgh Festival
**
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change Choreographer 2001 - Edinburgh Festival
**
This is Our Youth Director  2000 - Edinburgh Festival
**
Tea & Crumpets Director / Author / Choreo. 1999 - Edinburgh Festival
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown Director / Choreographer 1999 - Edinburgh Festival 
Working Director / Choreographer 1999 - Edinburgh Festival
**
The Perfect Party  Director  1989 - Edinburgh Festival
A Little Night Music Director / Choreographer  1989 - Edinburgh Festival
Little Shop of Horrors Director / Choreographer  1989 - Edinburgh Festival
**
March of the Falsettos Director / Choreographer 1985 - Edinburgh Festival
Guys and Dolls Director / Choreographer 1985 - Edinburgh Festival
Gypsy Director / Choreographer  1985 - Edinburgh Festival
Snoopy! Director / Choreographer 1985 - Edinburgh Festival
**
House of Flowers  Director / Choreographer  1985 - Edinburgh Festival
Chicago  Director / Choreographer  1984 - Edinburgh Festival
**
Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You Director  1984 - Edinburgh Festival  
West Side Story Choreographer 1982 - Edinburgh Festival

(1994 – 1996) THEATRE 1761 Founder, Artistic Director

  Mark Turnbull & Friends Producer 1995 - Theatre 1761, Los Angeles
*
Weird Romance Producer / Director / Choreo. 1994 - Theatre 1761, Los Angeles

(1984 – 1992) NEW YORK THEATRE Producer / Director / Choreographer

The Dweebs
Starring Marguerite MacIntyre
Director / Choreographer 1992 -Don’t Tell Mama’s
An Elephant Never Forgets Director / Choreographer 1991 -Circle Rep at City Center
***
Some Summer Night  Producer / Director / Author 1987 - Off-Broadway
An Evening of Dance Choreographer 1986 - Off-Broadway
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Coming to Pass Director  1985 – New York University (NYU)
Carnival Cruise Line Choreographer  1984 - Festival & Mardis Gras


(1981 – 2009) DANCE AFFILIATIONS

Gallimaufry & Greene Dance Executive Director / Founder  2007 – 2009 Laguna Beach, California
caDance Festival Executive Director / Founder 2005 - Laguna Beach, California
California Choreographer’s Dance Festival Artistic Director  2001-2005 - Laguna Beach, California
USC Dance Theatre Faculty Choreographer 1982-1984 – Los Angeles
Lula Washington Dance Theatre Soloist  1981-1982 – Los Angeles
Int’l Modern Dance Colloquium Soloist  1981 - Mexico City


AWARDS & HONORS

2010 MTM: UK ‘Finalist’ Best New Musical Ray Bradbury’s ‘2116’
1998 SF Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Best Original Musical Tea & Crumpets
1995 LA Dramalogue Award   Weird Romance
1992 NY New American Musical Writers Festival Best Musical Some Summer Night


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

        Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC)
        Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
        University of Hawaii, Honolulu - Manoa Campus; Guest Dance Instructor - 1981


EDUCATION

  BFA Drama   University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  BA Specialization Dance University of Southern California, Los Angeles


REVIEWS & PRESS ARTICLES

RENT - The Musical
Ray Bradbury's '2116'
Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes
      (Additional reviews available upon Request)

PRODUCTION LEGEND

   †-Televised; Prime Ticket and Fox Sports
*** -World Premiere
  ** -European Premiere
    *-West Coast Premiere
   c-Czech Premiere