Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spotlight On...Stephen Michael Rondel

Name: Stephen Michael Rondel

Hometown: Seattle

Education: B.A. Theater Arts & Interdisciplinary Child Development

Favorite Credits: Mr. Beaman & Sister Coco Callmeishmael in The Tragic & Horrible Life of The Singing Nun (New York Musical Theater Festival), Queen Aggravain in Once Upon A Mattress (The New Acting Company), Boo Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird (Northwest Children’s Theater and Olf in Incorruptible (Artistic Repertory Theater).

Why theater?: To change people’s lives.

What inspired you to direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Reimagined: I want to tell a classic and timeless story with a modern social commentary.  Show the effects social media have on humans, specifically teenagers today, and how we desperately need to go back to nature and remember what it is like to have genuine one-on-one person connections with each other.  It is up to the younger generation to bring intimacy and personal connections back into their lives before we are all lost in our computers.

What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: John Cameron Mitchell is a huge inspiration to me.  To see him 17 years ago do a little play on Jane Street called "Hedwig And The Angry Inch" and then come full circle to performing in his Tony Award winning Broadway musical is trans formative!

If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Meryl Streep

What show have you recommended to your friends?: Hedwig

Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Jack Nicolson. I'm living my dream! Are You?

If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: Gypsy with Patti Lapone

What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Gummy Bears

If you weren’t working in theater, you would be _____?: a photographer

What’s up next?: Great things always happen at The Celebration of Whimsy. Go to and check out our upcoming events. Long live the C.O.W!