Steven Petrillo


About Steven Petrillo






Actor / Singer / Dancer


About Steven Petrillo


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As a theatre professional for nearly 30 years, Steven has crossed various genres and disciplines.

In the 1980’s, he focused on modern dance, winning awards and scholarships while attending his alma mater, Hunter College in NYC. He studied with Paul Taylor, Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis, and at Jacobs Pillow with a variety of choreographers, including Stephen Petronio and Lucinda Childs. In 1987 his piece CATCH! was featured in the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, hosted by Donald Saddler.

After graduating, his attention went to theatre.

As a performer, Steve's Broadway and Production National Tour credits include Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby; Man of La Mancha, starring Robert Goulet; and, Jesus Christ Superstar, starring Carl Anderson.  On television, he has had guest star roles on Law & Order C.I., The Sopranos, and the NBC mini-series A Will of Their Own‚ as well as appearances in the Films The Stepford Wives and Devil’s Advocate, among others. 

Recent commercial TV spots include a New York Powerball/Mega Millions Commercial opposite a cardboard cutout of Ralph, The Lottery Guy, and a LOGO TV PSA, opposite The Avenue Q puppets.

As a director/choreographer, Mr. Petrillo has helmed many musicals, plays, and revues.

He began his directing career in the 1990’s as an associate or assistant on shows like Chess, Crazy For You, Me & My Girl, High Society, Kiss Me Kate and Singin' in the Rain at such theatres as The North Shore Music Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, The North Carolina Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars, The La Mirada Theatre, and Seattle’s Fifth Ave Theatre.

In the early part of the millennium Steven made his Off-Broadway directorial debut with Sessions, a musical about therapy, at Playwrights Horizons, earning him critical acclaim, and an extension due to popularity.

Regionally, he has received rave reviews for directing and/or choreographing regional productions of Life x3, by Yasmena Reza, Route 66, Rumors, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Fiddler on the Roof, Love! Valour! Compassion! and A Grand Night For Singing, among others.

Most recently, his production of Moonlight & Love Songs, a play by Scott Sickles, starring Gerald McCullouch, garnered major critical praise at The Abingdon Theater. It will have another life in the near future, on stage and hopefully as a film.

For the better part of the past decade, Mr. Petrillo's work on new musicals has extended from the developmental series at The York Theatre Company in NYC, to his tenure at The WorkShop Theatre Company, where he is Director of Musical Theatre Development.

Through his ‘Musical Theater Wing’, Steven has guided and mentored the development of various musicals, from readings to workshops, as well as full productions. Among these, is Life on the Mississippi, which had a successful production in The Jewel Box Theater of The WorkShop last fall.  It is having a revival on The Mainstage this year. Other musicals in development have included Jesse James Dead or Alive, a folk rock musical; The Fairy Hoax, based on a true story in Cottingley England; Relent, an indie rock musical; The Medicine Show, a Midwestern ‘Old Time’ musical based on The Birthmark, by Nathaniel Hawthorne; and A Christmas Carol, a wonderful new musical version of the oft told tale; and, many others.

As a teacher, Steve holds a Musical Theater GYM class for singers and actors to work on material for auditions, cabaret, and to augment their repertoire. Through his work in these classes, he has helped many of his students get jobs on Broadway, National Tours, Regionally and TV & Film.

In his spare time, Steven is a budding poet.