Stephen Reed is an accomplished performer, director and choreographer with extensive experience in the American Musical Theatre scene. He has appeared in five Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals, including Once Upon a Mattress (starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Jane Krakowski), How to Succeed in Business (starring Matthew Broderick), Crazy For You, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and Cats (as the wild rock-n-roll Rum-Tug-Tugger). Stephen has toured nationally and internationally in Broadway productions such as Ragtime, Crazy For You, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Evita, Annie Get Your Gun, Kiss Me Kate and in Susan Stroman's acclaimed Lincoln Center production of 110 In The Shade. As a concert dancer, Stephen was a company member of the Milwaukee Ballet (junior demi-soloist) under the direction of Jean-Paul Comelin and a full company member of Gus Giordano's Jazz Dance Chicago, working directly with the Jazz Dance legend Mr. Giordano.
Stephen's impressive career also includes dancing in rock videos for recording artists Prince, Gloria Estefan, Peter Frampton, and Steve Winwood. He even served as Liza Minnelli's dance supervisor for the Broadway touring production of Minnelli On Minnelli. Among his filmed performances, Stephen can be seen tap dancing across a tin-roofed shed in PBS Great Performance Presents: Crazy For You! and jitterbugging in Disney's The Making Of Me starring Martin Short. Most recently, Stephen appears in FX Network's FUED - Season 2, created by Ryan Murphy and directed by Gus Van Sant (released date 2023).
Stephen's vast experience has given him the opportunity to work alongside theatrical icons such as Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman, Frank Galati, Dame Gillian Lynne, Michael Blakemore, Wayne Cillento, Fred Ebb, Gerald Gutierrez, Mike Ockrent, Tina Landau, Kathleen Marshall, Jerry Mitchell, JoAnn Hunter, Casey Nicholaw and Rob Ashford. His extensive knowledge and insight into the grueling audition process and strenuous requirements of being a professional performer in the American Musical Theatre scene provide his students with invaluable professional guidance.
Currently, Stephen is the proud owner and director of Ballet Arts Center for Dance, the longest-established continuously-operating dance studio in New York City established in 1937 by the American dance pioneer Yeichi Nimura. Stephen continues this historic tradition in the landmark NY City Center Theatre, 130 W. 56th St, NYC where the studio continues to provide professional-level classical ballet training to serious students from around the world.
When it comes to professional-level training in New York City, Stephen and his team at Ballet Arts Center for Dance are the go-to experts. "When you want to get serious... we're ready for you at Ballet Arts."