Stephen Wangh, has been a playwright, director, and teacher of acting. He is the author of An Acrobat of the Heart, a physical approach to acting inspired by the work of Jerzy Grotowski (Vintage, Random House, 2000) and of The Heart of Teaching: Empowering Students in the Performing Arts (Routledge, 2012).

He is the author of 15 plays, and was one of the writers of The People’s Temple (Glickman award: Best play in the Bay Area, 2005). He was Associate Writer for The Laramie Project (Emmy nomination 2002), and dramaturg of Moisés Kaufman’s Gross Indecency, the three trials of Oscar Wilde (1997).

Stephen now teaches the Acrobatics of the Heart immersive summer training for performers. And he leads seminars and workshops on the Inner Dynamics of Teaching for teachers of the performing arts.

Watch excerpts from a talk at New York University's Experimental Theatre Wing.

Recent Press

The Heart of Teaching: Empowering Students in the Performing Arts
“[Wangh's] goal is to leap into the thorniest of situations in order to propose methods for harnessing the power found there and to liberate his students and himself from static thinking and the atrophying effects of habitual behavior, which for actors can lead to creative dead-ends and for teachers can ossify into a stultifying pedagogy.” - TDR

Recent Lecture

Revenge, Forgiveness and the Responsibility of the Witness
March 23, 2013
The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology
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