Stephen’s lifelong involvement in unique and unusual performance began as a juggler and fire eater in the vibrant street-performing scene on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. After leaving San Francisco, he served as artistic director of the Magic Circle Touring Children’s Theater in Oberlin, Ohio and as director of The NYU Law Revue at New York University.
Stephen has an A.B. from Oberlin College and a J.D. from NYU. He practiced for 20 years as a trial lawyer in federal and state courts in Massachusetts and won leading cases involving employment discrimination, securities fraud, and civil racketeering. As a litigator with Boston’s Rackemann, Sawyer, and Brewster from 1986 to 1993, he was lead counsel in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s landmark decision in Rockwood vs. the Snow Inn (1991), a case that is still frequently cited today.
While fellow Eepybird Studios co-founder Fritz Grobe left academia to join the circus, Stephen had retired from performing to practice law. But in 1999, he returned to performing and began studying physical theater at Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine. In 2000, he premiered his new one-man show, The Benefit of Doubt, at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Between 1999 and 2006, Stephen divided his time between performing and practicing law, before retiring from law in 2006 to dedicate himself fulltime to Eepybird Studios.
Stephen was also a founding member of the Oberlin College Ultimate Frisbee team and still plays regularly, if a bit more slowly. He splits his time between Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Eepybird Studios in Buckfield, Maine.