Stephen Dest (Founder of the NMS Theater Dept.) is an award-winning writer and director. He is also a retired professional actor, with over 25
years of professional experience (including Broadway, Regional and National Tours). Roles of note include: Rodger (RENT), Tybalt (R&J),
Houdini (HOUDINI) and Johnny (THE OUTSIDERS) He has written for both film and stage. Some of his award-winning films include: The 2008
short film, BLIND (Cannes Film Festival - Movieola), 2013 feature film MY BROTHER JACK (Indie Rights Movies/Nelson Madison Films) and
the acclaimed 2018 documentary I AM SHAKESPEARE (The Henry Green Story), considered one of the most important documentaries of the
year. He is a Professor of Film and Theatre at the University of Connecticut. Stephen is the recipient of the 2012 Arts Council Award.
"Teaching at NMS for over 20 years has given me wondering opportunities to work/place with some of the greatest artists in New Haven County... both young and old!"
Fun Facts: Stephen is a father of two and loves to garden.