Zev Steinberg is a professional actor, fight director, and movement teacher. Professor Steinberg comes to us from Michigan State University, where he completed his MFA in Acting along with certifications in teaching yoga and for college teaching. At Michigan State, he taught numerous stage combat courses, comic improvisation, acting, and helped develop online courses designed to engage theatrical forms in new and innovative ways. After earning his BFA in Acting from Illinois Theatre in 2008, Prof. Steinberg spent several years as an actor and fight director for a variety of professional Theatre including Shattered Globe in Chicago and the renowned Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. He is also a founding member of Chicago’s rising Brown Paper Box Theatre, founded by Illinois Theatre alumni in 2011.
Prof. Steinberg recently published an article on techniques for “acting the fight” in Fight Master, the journal of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Professor Steinberg is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and serves on the governing body. In addition to his ongoing research and teaching in combat, movement, and acting, Prof. Steinberg has been recognized twelve times for his artistic work in Michigan, in Chicago, and by the SAFD. In 2011, Prof. Steinberg was honored by SAFD with its Paddy Crean Award, which is presented to someone believed to be an emerging leader in fight direction.