Over the past two decades, Steve Umberger has been involved in the openings of three arts centers, and the development of four theatres including the current Festival Stage. His work on over 250 plays range from large-scale collaborations to intimate solo performances. He has directed or acted for theatres around the country including Riverside Theatre, People's Light & Theatre, Barter Theatre, NC Shakes, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Appalachian Summer Festival, Flat Rock Playhouse, and Florida Studio Theatre. During his 18 years as Founding Artistic Director of Charlotte Repertory Theatre, the company became one of the 70+ national members of The League of Resident Theatres, and developed an audience of 5,000 subscribers. Visiting artists he helped bring to the Rep include Academy Award winning actor Olympia Dukakis and Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights Beth Henley and Tony Kushner. Through the Rep's nationally recognized new play festival and at other theatres, Umberger has helped develop many new scripts and directed numerous world premieres. Among his Shakespeare credits are: a three year theatre/symphony collaboration on three of the plays using the complete texts and scores, and seven productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, four of them with Cirque du Soleil's Karl Baumann. Film credits include producing/directing shorts based on two plays (one of which earned him an ASC Emerging Artist Grant), and the trilogy Decoration Day (also co-author) for NCETV; roles in network and HBO films, and Tim Kirkman's Emmy nominated film Dear Jesse. He also formed the production group Playworks through which he is developing and producing the new musical Lunch at the Piccadilly, recently seen in concert at the York Theatre Company in New York, and in a production at Festival Stage. He has been a student at the University of N.C., and Circle in the Square Theatre School in NY, as well as a frequent guest lecturer/director at Davidson College. He is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Association and Actor's Equity Association.