Award-Winning Writer/Director of both Stage and Film, Stephen Dest has worked at a number of prominent theaters along the way, including: Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Seattle Rep, TheaterWorks, Goodspeed Opera House, Coconut Grove Playhouse, The Kennedy Center, BTC, Vital Theater, MTC, PaperMill Playhouse, The Shubert  and The Nederlander.  

His wonderful gift for storytelling has been seen in a variety of stage productions; Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diary of Anne Frank, Noises Off, The Laramie Project, Fools, Loot, A Raisin in the Sun, Our Town, My Fair Lady, Into the Woods, Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Legally Blonde, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Pippin and many others.   

Along with his theatrical work, Stephen has also written and directed a number of noteworthy film projects; including the short film BLIND (Cannes Film Festival-2008), and the 2013 award winning feature film MY BROTHER JACK   winner of BEST FILMMAKER (Philadelphia Independent Film Festival), BEST PICTURE & BEST DIRECTOR (New England Underground Film Festival) BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (Napa Valley Film Festival). He is also the recipient of the 2012 "Artist of the Year" (Filmmaker) awarded by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven .  

Mr. Dest is founder/head of the Drama Department at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. and Professor (of Film Studies) at the University of Connecticut. He also Guest Lecturers at a number of schools and universties.

As a former professional stage actor; He has performed in such renowned roles as “Tybalt” in R&J, “Laertes” in Hamlet, “Roger” in Rent, “Harry Houdini” in Houdini and "Johnny" in The Outsiders. 
~ I will always respect the story.