Stephan Wolfert left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. Stephan received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. On Broadway, Stephan created and directed the military segments for Twyla Tharp & Billy Joel’s Tony-Award winning production Movin’ Out and has been a character coach for Cirque du Soleil’s, Mystere. He also co-created a touring Shakespeare Company for Trinity Rep Company, directed and taught acting Shakespeare at Cornell University and at Antelope Valley College.
For more than a decade Stephan worked with two Native American theater companies, Native Voices in Los Angeles and Native Earth in Toronto, Canada, learning to use theater as medicine. This collaboration helped Stephan create two non-profits: Shakespeare & Veterans, and the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts (V.C.P.A.) in Los Angeles. For his work with Shakespeare & Veterans, Stephan has received a certificate of appreciation from the City Council of Los Angeles, presented by fellow veteran and councilman the late Bill Rosendahl. Stephan has been published in both the fields of theater and science for his work, and is also a member of the NYU think tank PACH, the Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity. Currently, Stephan is based out of New York City where he created and co-founded DE-CRUIT®—a program to reintegrate military Veterans using Shakespeare, psychology, and classical actor training.
Stephan continues to tour internationally to both lecture on DE-CRUIT® and to perform his critically-acclaimed, award-winning, one-man show CRY HAVOC.