Founder & Artistic Director

Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director

Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director

Stephen Burdman founded New York Classical Theatre in 2000 and is the vision behind the creation of Panoramic Theatre. Originally from Los Angeles, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and planned to become a doctor. During college, Stephen auditioned for a production of Hamlet, and discovered his passion for Shakespeare. That experience completely changed the course of his life. Stephen founded New York Classical to give all people the chance to discover classical masterpieces as he did.

Stephen has directed nearly half of Shakespeare canon. To date, he has directed 34 productions for the company. Some of his favorite productions are Romeo & Juliet, The RivalsThe Winter’s Tale, Measure for MeasureThe SeagullA {15-Min!} Christmas Carol, Playing Moliere, Henry V (in The Battery and, via ferry boat, Governors Island), HamletKing LearMisallianceMary StuartScapin, and The Triumph of Love.

Stephen attended the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and later received an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of California, Irvine. In 1989, Stephen was selected to participate in the first young theatre artist exchange with the (former) Soviet Union and has been a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society since 1994.

Nominated by New York State Assembly member Danny O’Donnell, Stephen received an award from the West Side Spirit for consistent commitment to excellence in theatre. He lives in Harlem with his wife, Adena, and son, Ezekiel. An avid supporter of Shakespeare on all levels, Stephen is the former Chair of the Artistic Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. He has also been a panelist with the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.


Hillary Cohen - Director of Development
David Heron - Diversifying the Classics reading series producer
Yetti Steinman - Resident Production Stage Manager & Intern Coordinator
Stephanie Klapper - Resident Casting Director
Barbara Adrian, Joan Melton - Resident Voice & Text Coaches
Jim Byk (The Press Room) - Publicist
The Mardiney Group - Graphic Design Agency
ArtsPool - Finance/Compliance/Human Resources

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