AEA, SAG, AFTRA, BAE
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(ne Zurhellen) was born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1952, the daughter of US
diplomats. She spent her first four years in Japan, then lived in
Washington, DC for four years, Munich, Germany for two, back to Japan
for five, and then on to Israel for High School. As a result she has a
working knowledge of Japanese, German, French, and Hebrew as well as
her native English.
After returning to the US, she studied acting and directing at the University of Georgia at Athens, GA where obtained a BA in acting and finally graduated in 1976 with an MFA in Directing (Jim Baffico, thesis supervisor)
After University, she married a British citizen and moved to Bristol for atwo years which included a very successful appearance at the Edinburgh Festival with the Bristol Revunions Theatre Company who received a prestigeous Festival First award for Gorky's A Respectable Family in which she played Akulina, the mother and was featured in the review Bristol Cream, with, amongst others, Julia Hills, David Bamber and Nicholas Farrell. She then moved with her family to Norwich, where she was a working Equity actor on stage and on television, and ran a Theatre Arts Course at the Theatre Royal, Norwich. She also directed a number of productions for the Sewell Barn Theatre and the Great Hall Players amongst others and received several directing awards from the Breckland and PAN festivals.
In 1985, the family moved
to the University of Illinois where she worked for five years at
regional dinner theatres around the mid-west and had a highly
successful appearance as Rose in Gypsy at the Festival of Southern
Theatre in Oxford, MS. While based in IL she took doctoral
classes and taught theatre at UIUC and Parkland College. This was
followed by a final move to New York in 1991 where Stephanie has
continued acting, directing, and teaching.
In 2004, Stephanie co-founded "Big Bottom Productions" which fuctions as an upstate producer of shows which are performed in locations such as the Depot Theatre in Garrison. The Company also occasionally brings shows to the City for some of the summer festivals.
Stephanie now splits her time
between Manhattan and Mt Kisco, New York, working with theatre
companies in the City and Big Bottom Productions as well as working on fils and television productions in and around Manhattan.
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