Stephen Agosto serves as Senior Director of Artistic Engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award. He is a member of the artistic team that shepherded such new musicals as The Honeymooners, The Sting (starring Harry Connick Jr.), Unmasked: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Half Time (directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell). He served as Associate Director for Beauty and the Beast and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (both with dir. Mark Hoebee) and A Christmas Story (dir. Brandon Ivie) on Paper Mill’s main stage.
Additionally, he has directed, choreographed and/or provided musical staging for such shows as The Drowsy Chaperone and The Lucky Stiff (The Blue Hill Troup, NYC); Triangle Logic (Crosshatch Theatre Co.); West Side Story (Westminster); Modotti (Theatre Row Off-Broadway); Cabaret, Assassins, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and The Wild Party (Fordham University); and Scene and Be Seen (The Neighborhood Playhouse) to name a few.
In June 2019, Stephen drafted the Musical Theater Common Prescreen, a universal set of guidelines for college entrance that impacts over 15,000 students annually. Stephen’s long career in arts education includes programming and curriculum consultation for numerous educational institutions including the New York City Department of Education and the Maine Arts Academy. For five years Stephen served as Director of Musical Theatre at Talent Unlimited High School in Manhattan where he and his students were Circle in the Square “Teens on Broadway” honorees, recipients of “Special Honors” from the Gershwin Theatre Awards, and recipients of The Shubert Organization High School Theatre Award (Top Honors). He is currently an adjunct professor of theatre at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and a frequent master instructor for universities across the country. Prior to directing, Stephen enjoyed a career as an actor, having been seen regionally, on tour, and in New York City in over 40 plays and musicals. He is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique.