Stephen Santa is a theatre director, arts educator, and advocate currently based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an energetic collaborator with a drive to develop bold new works. His versatile point of view gives him the ability to stage full-scale musicals to intimate plays.
Santa was the assistant director of the Flashdance National Tour, the North American premiere of The Monster in the Hall and POP! A New Musical choreographed by Billy Porter at CITY Theatre, respectively. His critically acclaimed production of Dani Girl a New Musical traveled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland where it received multiple five-star reviews.
Recently, he directed the concert workshop of Abduction: A New Musical Comedy for the New York Musical Festival. Santa’s love of developing new works was seen in his direction of workshops including TEETH (Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs) and UNCHARTED: The Music of Anna K. Jacobs at the famed Ars Nova Theatre.
Stephen Santa is also proudly the Artistic Director of Jumping Jack Theater- a children's theater production company that creates original works for audiences that would benefit from sensory and autism-friendly strategies. Jumping Jack Theater has produced works including The Light Princess and CityScape which is currently on tour.
Stephen is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and an associate member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.