B.A. Theatre Arts, Brown University, 2001 M.F.A. Acting, Brown University, 2005
Ben Steinfeld is an actor, director, adjunct professor and artistic associate at Gallatin and co-artistic director of the acclaimed Fiasco Theater. As an actor, Ben has been seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, and as James Monroe in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. He is currently appearing Off-Broadway in the new musical One Thousand Nights and One Day. His Off-Broadway acting and directing work for Fiasco includes: his Lucille Lortel-nominated performance as the Baker in the acclaimed production of Into the Woods at the Roundabout (Lortel Award for Best Revival); Cymbeline at Theatre for a New Audience and the Barrow Street Theatre (Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); Measure for Measure at the New Victory Theatre (New York Times’s Top Ten of 2014), The Two Gentlemen of Verona at TFANA and the Folger Theatre (Helen Hayes nomination for Best Direction), and Twelfth Night at CSC. In the summer of 2016, he made his London acting and directing debut with Fiasco’s Into the Woods at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and he received the LA Drama Critic’s Circle award for directing the national tour of Into the Woods last season. His television and film acting work includes HBO’s Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, the upcoming film Callahan, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Ben co-authored an essay for the recent book Living With Shakespeare (Random House), and wrote the book for the new musical Diamond Alice, which was commissioned by and premiered at Gallatin. In the spring of 2017, he was a guest lecturer at Princeton University. Last summer, he gave the inaugural Michael Armstrong Memorial Lecture at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. He has narrated several young people’s concerts with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the NJ Symphony Orchestra. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown/Trinity MFA Program. Please visit http://www.fiascotheater.com and http://www.bensteinfeld.net.
Along with Noah Brody, Ben Steinfeld co-directed the in Fiasco Theater’s Production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, which ran at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, from November 25 through December 20, 2015. In the production, Steinfeld performed the roles of Lucio and Froth.
Steinfeld co-directed, along with Jessie Austrian, Fiasco Theater’s production of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona, which ran from April 24 through June 20, 2015 at the Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center, in Brooklyn, New York. The show was a 2015 New York Times Critics Pick.