Stevens has worked at The Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, and many others. Recently, he received a Barrymore nomination for playing Motel in the Walnut Street Theatre's Fiddler on the Roof.
He is a Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical theatre writer and a member of the BMI Workshop. His musical Yo, Vikings!, written with Sam Willmott, has been produced in Philadelphia, Fresno and Pittsburgh.
|Full given name:||Marcus Aaron Stevens|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Wallingford, Pennsylvania. 20 minutes outside of Philadelphia.|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||Both of my parents are educators. My mom ran a diagnostic language program for young kids with speech problems and is now retired. My father was the Director of Special Education in a public school district and is now the Education Director at a private charter school.|
|Siblings:||One little sister who is the coolest little sister ever. She's getting her MFA in directing at the Actor's Studio and I'm super proud. Love you, Rachel!|
|Special skills:||Um...impressions! And I'm a fountain of useless musical theatre trivia. My castmates often make fun of me for it.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||I was 4 and I sat on my uncle's lap at the Winter Garden to see Cats. Even though I was very young, I vividly remember my father taking me onstage to get Old Deuteronomy's autograph at intermission.|
|Did you have any particular mentors or inspirations when first starting out?||
I have been really lucky to have many amazing mentors in theatre. When I was in middle school and high school I had the opportunity to be involved in two exceptional programs: Young People's Theatre Workshop and Upper Darby Summer Stage. |
Claudia Carlsson, Teddie Psitos, Bob Moore, Paul Kerrigan, Joe Southard, Sonja Allen, Harry Dietzler, Dewey Oriente, Dierdre Finnegan, Matt Cloran and Rob Henry were all serious influences on me as a young actor. I also had an amazing high school director named John Shankweiler. At Point Park University I had great teachers like Rich Keitel, Shirley Tannenbaum, Robin Walsh and Scott Wise.
And finally, one of my recent mentors since I've become a professional actor has been Mr. Guy Stroman. Whew! Glad I can mention all those people now (in case I never win that EGOT).
|If you could go back in time and catch any Broadway show, what would it be?||I grew up with the filmed version of Sunday in the Park with George. I would love to have seen it live. However, I'd also die to see the original casts of How to Succeed, Fiddler on the Roof and Angels in America.|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||When I was in high school I saw Ragtime on Broadway with the original cast right before Brian Stokes Mitchell and Audra McDonald left the show. I remember sobbing at intermission, turning to my parents and saying, "I have to do this."|
|Music that makes you cry, any genre:||I'm Jewish, and for some reason when I hear klezmer music I get weepy. Oy.|
|Your personal acting idols:||When I was a kid, I was in awe of Mandy Patinkin. I wanted to be him... and now I am. 8 shows a week!|
|Must-see TV show(s):||
"The Good Wife"|
And I watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert religiously.
|Some films you consider classics:||
"Field of Dreams"|
"Back to the Future"
"The Muppets Take Manhattan"
|Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:||I was a 17-year-old Tevye with a fake beard and I loved it.|
|Moment you knew you wanted to perform for a living:||I think when I played Finch in How to Succeed in high school... and when I saw Ragtime.|
|Favorite pre-/post- show meal:||There's an amazing Shawarma place in Astoria called Duzan. It's on my way home and it's my guilty pleasure.|
|Favorite liquid refreshment:||Diet Coke. I live on the edge.|
|What drew you to this project?||I have always enjoyed doing impressions and broad characters and I grew up loving the old albums of Forbidden Broadway.|
|How did you research this performance?||YouTube is an amazing thing.|
|Most challenging role you have ever played:||I played Floyd Collins in college. So hard and so rewarding.|
|Any side projects or upcoming work you can talk about:||In addition to acting, I'm also a Richard Rodgers Award-winning musical theatre writer. Right now I'm working on a project called Eastburn Avenue that chronicles 3 generations of a modern Jewish family who fall apart over a will.|
|Something about you that surprises people:||I actually know some pop music!|
|Career you would want if not a performer:||A teacher|
|Words of advice for aspiring performers:||Always be learning and trying to improve your work. And remember it's 80% confidence. You must believe in yourself and your abilities to make things happen.|
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