“A BRILLIANT ARTIST” –Washington City Paper
“TRULY BREATH-TAKING …THE VERY HEART AND ESSENCE OF THEATRE” – DC Metro Theater Arts
AN “ENRAPTURING PERFORMANCE”- DC Theatre Scene
“MASTERFUL RE-TELLINGS OF VICTORIAN CLASSICS”- Alexandria News
“THAT VIRTUOSO, STEPHEN MEAD”-DC Theatre Scene
STEPHEN MEAD trained as an actor at London’s Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art. Besides appearing in many stage productions, he has worked
as a drama adviser to Goldcrest Films UK and written for Channel4 (TV).
Stephen has made a specialty of DRAMATIC RECITATIONS (from
memory) from the works of DICKENS, EDGAR ALLAN POE,LEWIS CARROLL, W.S. GILBERT and other 19th-century authors. These bring poems and prose by these writers to vivid life without costume, make-up, lights or scenery. Most 19th-century
literature was written to be heard as well as read, and Stephen Mead’s
enthralling renditions of these pieces have gripped audiences in the UK and
the US since 1987.
Since moving to the Washington DC area, Stephen has been working in collaboration with two local writers, Magus Magnus and Scott Courlander. Magus Magnus has written a series of original monologues he calls “idylls” which are perfectly in tune with the ideals and methods of Stephen Mead. Magnus and Mead have devised a number of programs including “Murder on the Bare Stage”, a one man show which was performed at Capital Fringe Festival in July 2013, to capacity audiences and rapturous reviews. “Murder on the Bare Stage” has subsequently been performed in Baltimore, New York City and at the Harmon Hall of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC.
All of these pieces can be performed literally anywhere there is a little space and a fairly quiet environment. They are suitable for theatres large or small, but no stage or special lighting is essential, so they are equally suitable for community centers, public halls of any kind or parties in private homes.
Stephen Mead also appears as an actor in stage productions, playing among other roles the part of the narrator in Scott Courlander’s “Medieval Story Land” in 2012 and also played the narrator, a part specially written for him, in Courlander’s “The Ballad of the Red Knight” . At Capital Fringe 2016 Courlander’s “Medieval Story Land”was performed by Stephen as a one man show!
Mead continues to present solo performances of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”, presented the last four years at venues in the Washington DC area. A new addition to his performance repertory, “Alice in Wonderland”, performed as a one man show in two parts of an hour each, “Alice’s Adventures Underground” and “Alice Through the Looking Glass” was hailed as “masterful” by local critics at its debut in Alexandria.
Stephen has worked for London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the National
Arts Collection Fund, the National Trust (UK), Richmond Adult College,
Missenden Abbey Buckinghamshire, among many other venues. Stephen had the honour of being invited to perform his one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at
the Dickens Festival in Dickens’ home town Rochester, Kent, in the historic
Guildhall three years in a row. He also performed a tour of Switzerland
under the auspices of the Anglo-Swiss society and appeared with singer
Stacey Earle in a coast-to-coast tour of the USA.
In the Washington DC area, Stephen Mead has presented solo performances at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Bloombars in Columbia Heights, Happenings at the Harmon hosted by the Shakespeare Theatre, three times, the Barracks Row Fall Festival on Capitol Hill, the Arts Club of Washington DC, and other venues.
DRAMATIC RECITATIONS (from memory)
From the works of DICKENS, EDGAR ALLAN POE, LEWIS CARROLL and other authors
“All manner of characters vividly form through his distinct, convincing, and bold voices, delivered with an almost fervid zeal. He brings forth visual life to even minor characters through voice alone; the testament to his talents becomes radiantly apparent, and you’ll quickly recognize this man is no novice.”
DC Theatre Scene, July 2014
“Brilliant characterization …athletic and at times near balletic prowess”
DC Metro Theater Arts, July 2014
“A virtuoso” DC Metro Theatre Arts, July 2016