Stephen Agosto serves as Senior Manager of Artistic Engagement at Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 TONY award for Best Regional Theater. He is a member of the artistic team that has shepherded such musicals as The Honeymooners, The Sting (starring Harry Connick Jr.), Benny & Joon, and Half Time (directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell). He has served as Associate Director for Beauty and the Beast and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (both with dir. Mark Hoebee) and A Christmas Story (dir. Brandon Ivie) on Paper Mill’s main stage. Stephen’s long career in arts education includes programming and curriculum consultation for numerous educational institutions including the New York City Department of Education and the Maine Arts Academy. He is currently an adjunct professor of theatre at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and a frequent master instructor for The Growing Studio NYC. He is the co-founder/conceiver of Paper Mill Prep, a program to prepare students and their families for college B.F.A. auditions. In June of 2019, Stephen drafted the Musical Theater Common Pre-Screen, a universal set of guidelines for college entrance that impacts over 15,000 students annually. Prior to directing, Stephen enjoyed a career as an actor, having been seen regionally, on tour, and in New York City in over 40 plays and musicals. He is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse, home of The Meisner Technique.