Stebos is a New York-based stage director, producer, dramaturg, and teaching artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Theatreplots, a company and training ground for actors based on the ensemble model set forth by Anatoly Vasiliev and Jurij Alschitz in Europe. From 2013 to 2015 he was Resident Director at The Flea Theater (Jim Simpson, artistic director) in NYC. In 2013 and 2015 he was a resident artist of collaborate:create, produced by Forward Flux at Theaterlab and the Center for Performance Research. He also serves on the Board of the Pirandello Society of America and of the Chilean theatre company LaMicro Theater.
After receiving an MFA in Stage Directing from the School of Dramatic Art “Paolo Grassi” in Milan, Italy, he specialized in acting and directing with Jurij Alschitz at the Russian Academy of Dramatic Art (GITIS) in Moscow and worked as stage director in Milan, Parma, and – more recently – in New York City. With Alschitz, he developed his practice as teacher of innovative theatre training methods within the framework of The World Theatre Training Institute.
Along the way he studied with several master teachers including SITI company (Suzuki/Viewpoints), Antonio Fava (commedia dell’arte), Massimo Navone (Shakespeare / Chekhov), Kuniaki Ida (Lecoq), Richard Gordon (Method), Elio de Capitani (stage directing). He was assistant director for artists such as Leon Ingulsrud (SITI company), Gabriele Vacis (Teatro Settimo), Martin Wuttke (Berliner Ensemble), and musical theatre choreographer Franco Miseria.
Academically, Stefano Boselli currently teaches theatre courses in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts at York College and the English Program at Centenary University, in addition to a performance-oriented version of Great Works of Literature in the Department of English at Baruch College. In February 2020 he completed a PhD in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where he studied with Jean Graham-Jones (Latin-American theatre and performance), Peter Eckersall (Asian theatre, theatre theory), and the legendary Marvin Carlson (American and Middle-Eastern theatre). Between 2014 and 2019 he taught in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Drew University, the Department of Theater at Brooklyn College, and the Department of Theatre at Hunter College. For academic year 2017–2018 he was Writing Across the Curriculum Fellow at City College, where he led faculty development workshops on writing pedagogy applied to performing arts courses. He also collaborated with Carlson as Managing Editor of European Stages at the Martin Segal Center.
As Assistant Professor of Italian at Gettysburg College, he taught courses in Italian theatre, First Year Seminars on commedia, and directed a mainstage production of one of Goldoni’s comedies for the Theatre Arts Department. He received a PhD in Italian with specialization in Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an MA in English Literature and Translation for the Stage from the Catholic University in Milan. Before moving to the States, he taught Translation for the Theatre at the University of Cassino.
His articles have been published in MLN (Modern Language Notes), PSA (Pirandello Society Annual), Quaderni d’Italianistica, Polymath, Italica, L’anello che non tiene, Testo a fronte, TSJ (Translation: A Translation Studies Journal), and Journal of Italian Translation. To read them on the Academia website, click here.