I teach acting and directing as components of an art form based upon the principles of aesthetics, the sole purpose of which is to give the audience a theatrical experience.
Steve McConnell joined the Conservatory as a full-time faculty member in 1981. He currently teaches a course on acting, directing, and Shakespeare to third-year undergraduates and an acting emphasis production course for senior theater students. For the Conservatory, he has directed a dozen Mainstage Productions and 15 in the Zack Box.
For the past 21 years, McConnell has been a director and teacher for the Walnut Hill School for the Arts summer theater program in Natick, Massachusetts. He also directs the organization's fall production of a play from the classical repertoire.
As a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), McConnell has appeared in over 30 productions across New England, most notably for the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Massachusetts. For the latter, he directed Filumena, Twelfth Night, and Pack of Lies. In addition, McConnell has been the narrator for a number of Larry Bell compositions, including on The Book of Moonlight recording (2003) and in recital at Old South Church in Boston (2012). He has also directed Henry V for the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble and been the spokesman on industrial films for ECRM Imaging Systems of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and the prior Bell Telephone of New England.
McConnell first studied theater in Clive Barker's theater workshop at the University of Birmingham in England (1966-1967). His undergraduate degree is from Allegheny College (B.A., 1972) and his graduate degree from Brandeis University (M.F.A., 1980). For five years he was a research economist specializing in labor economics (Rutgers University, 1972-1977).
Professional Awards and Recognitions
- Outstanding Theater Faculty of the Year (Boston Conservatory, 2007, 2004)
- Best Actor Award (New England Independent Reviewer, 2000)
- Best Ensemble of the Year Award (Boston Herald, 1992)
- The Heresy of Love (Boston Conservatory, 2016)—Director
- Welcome to Thebes (Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 2015)—Director
- All's Well That Ends Well (Walnut Hill School for the Arts, 2014)—Director