He's Stephen Bienskie, a multi-faceted and talented actor who Steve Schalchlin (composer of The Last Session) refers to as "a dream to work with as an actor, a total professional." He has understudied for Michael Cerveris in the tour of Tommy but has also had the distinction of originating roles. He's exceptional in his chosen career and through his acting wants to be able to touch as many people as possible. He has paid his dues and reaped the benefits. He's Stephen Bienskie and he is on his way to the top.
Stephen is originally from a small town in New Jersey called Towaco. He graduated in 1993 with a BFA in acting and directing from Montclair State University. It was the concert going days with his family that had an impact on Stephen. The Bienskie family wasn't so much into theater as they were The Eagles and Chicago. Stephen was truly inspired by the performers on stage and thus began his arduous journey of realizing his dreams. If you were a visitor at Stephen's home when he was younger, you might have seen him come in with different color hair and big earrings as he immersed himself as the songwriter and vocalist of his band called T3D. Later, you would see Stephen focus on his acting and with a sense of determination and eagerness has "made my own accomplishments on my own terms."
Stephen was last seen as Buddy in the off-Broadway hit The Last Session. One critic said "Stephen Bienskie manages to make the homophobe funny and oddly ingratiating. He is the most fully realized and endearing member of the group." Stephen can now be seen as Cal in the U.S. premiere of The Fix now playing at The Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia where according to the Washington Post he "reveals an exquisite creek-clear tenor." He was also seen as Jake in off-Broadway's Zombie Prom and in the first national touring company and European premiere company of The Who's Tommy. Other credits include: Chuck in Avenue X, Franny in Balm in Gilead, Alan Strang in Equus, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Pirate/Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance. He has been a singer/songwriter for several rock bands performing in such venues as CBGB's and The Bitter End.
I met up with Stephen recently at the Signature Theatre shortly before a performance of The Fix.
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