Neil Patrick Stewart - Writer, Director, Teacher, Actor
Neil Patrick Stewart is a writer. His humor book, Headlines! Headlines! Headlines? will hit stores in September. His trivia book, Fact. Fact. Bullsh*t!: Learn the Truth and Spot the Lie on Everything from Tequila-Made Diamonds to Tetris’ Soviet Roots Plus Tons of Other Totally Random Facts from Science, History, and Beyond! came out in October 2011 and is available at Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, and on amazon. He has written over a hundred articles for magazines, including Gotham, Los Angeles Confidential, Delta Sky, Capitol File, Hamptons, Vegas, and USA Today special publications, working as a freelancer, and was the editor of Gotham‘s ‘Most Wanted: Food & Beverage’ section for two years. Neil also served as a research chief for several years, fact-checking and copy-editing hundreds upon hundreds of magazine articles.
Neil Patrick Stewart is a director. He is currently directing the world premiere of Christian Durso’s Shiner for the IAMA Theatre Group in Los Angeles. In the spring he directed a critically-acclaimed production of The Elephant Man at the Pico Playhouse for Los Angeles’ non-profit Mechanicals Theatre Group, and before that an installment of the multidisciplinary theatre event The Series on the rooftop of the Standard Hotel downtown. Neil is the director of the development process of the brand new musical Volleygirls, helming multiple readings and presentations of the work in New York City and helping to guide the ongoing revision process as the incredible show takes form. He is the former creative director of New York’s Back House Productions, which he co-founded. With Back House, Neil helped over forty projects make the leap from the laptop to the stage, including Broadway’s smash hit In the Heights, which he co-directed for the first few years of development. He also creates, directs, and workshops original material, including his all-female comedy adaptation of Braveheart.
Neil Patrick Stewart is a teacher. He is the associate artistic director (as well as a founder and member of the acting faculty) of the Performing Arts Project, a cutting-edge theatre training intensive for outstanding high-school and college-aged students, which takes place every summer at Wake Forest University. Neil is the former associate head of the acting department faculty of the Broadway Theatre Project, where he taught for over ten years, and he is a faculty member of the prestigious Heifetz International Music Institute, and the coordinator of its groundbreaking multidisciplinary communication curriculum. Neil regularly teaches master classes, including recent stints at Fort Worth Country Day in Fort Worth, Texas, and at the Festival Internacional de Bogota in Bogota, Colombia, where he taught his original workshop, “The Generous Actor.” He coaches actors in person and via Skype.
Neil Patrick Stewart is an actor. He holds an M.F.A. degree in acting from the world-renowned program American Repertory Theatre / Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University (A.R.T.), and a B.A. in theater from Wesleyan University. Recently, Neil has toured France three times, and appeared in Bogota, Colombia in a production of Julius Caesar, and appeared professionally at the American Repertory Theatre in both Caesar and The Onion Cellar with the Dresden Dolls. He has also performed in the world premiere of John Buffalo Mailer’s Hello Herman at the Grove Street Playhouse, in Fort Worth, Texas’ Sceneshop series, in various short and industrial films, and as a lead in full-length Russian feature film Strangers from celebrated director Yuri Grymov.