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Stephen Eich [Lab Activities]

Stephen Eich is a producer, manager, and director with over twenty-five years experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit professional theater. From 1979 to 1995, he was the Managing Director of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company where he produced over 125 productions, including the 1990 Tony Award-winning Best Play, The Grapes of Wrath. With his Steppenwolf partner at the time, Artistic Director Randall Arney, he oversaw the emergence of an internationally recognized award-winning theater, built a new $9.5 million dollar home for the company, and secured the theater’s administrative future. He produced Steve Martin’s award-winning Picasso at the Lapin Agile at Steppenwolf before taking it, with partner Joan Stein, to Los Angeles’ Westwood Playhouse, then to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and England. Mr. Eich was co-producer of Paul Simon’s musical, The Capeman, which starred Marc Anthony and produced two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York featuring the national voices of Puerto Rico. Stephen Eich received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Theater Education from Illinois State University.

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