Stephen Fried's recent classical work includes The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, and Much Ado About Nothing (Trinity Shakespeare), All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, and Coriolanus (all at Shakespeare Theatre of NJ), Henry IV, Part 1 (Milwaukee Shakespeare), and Love's Labour's Lost (Illinois Shakespeare Festival). From 2005 to 2008 he served as the Resident Assistant Director at Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre Company. He is published in the RSC's most recent edition of All's Well That Ends Well.
His work on new plays includes Cori Thomas's His Daddy (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Sarah Treem's Orphan Island (Sundance Theatre Lab), as well as plays by Clarence Coo, Victor Kaufold, David Lefort Nugent, and Kenneth Lin.
His current projects include collaborations with composer Joshua Schmidt on a new musical based on the life and work of Nikolai Gogol, a collaboration with playwright Clarence Coo on a new adaptation of Dovid Pinski's Professor Brenner for New Worlds Theatre Project, a collaboration with David Leong on a multimedia adaptation of Macbeth, and a marathon adaptation with actor Derek Wilson of Shakespeare's entire history cycle.
In addition to his work at the New School for Drama, he is a frequent instructor at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neil Theatre Center as well as the Summer Professional Training Program at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. He is the recipient of the Drama League Director's Fellowship as well as the Jacob Javitz Fellowship, and has trained at the Center for Theatre Studies in Gardzienice, Poland, and with the Double Edge Theatre troupe. He holds a B.A. in History and Drama from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.