Steve Josephson (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 native son, Mr. Josephson is a graduate of Laguna Beach High School, and attended USC with scholarships from the 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".
He most 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 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's 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.
In May of 2004, Mr. Josephson founded Gallimaufry Performing Arts and has produced and directed a staggering 75 productions for the ecclectic organization (including three seasons with C Venues at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival).