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Steven Sapp

Ashland, OR         

Steven Sapp is an actor, director, poet and playwright born and raised in the South Bronx, New York. In 1995, with his wife, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, he co-founded UNIVERSES, a national/international poetic musical theatre ensemble. With UNIVERSES, he has developed and performed in Party People (2012-2014), about former Black Panther and Young Lords members untangling a traumatic past and unclear future; Spring Training (2013), using Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring to explore urban rites of passage; Ameriville (2009-2014), using Hurricane Katrina as an entry point to explore race, class, poverty, and immigration; and Slanguage (2001- 2009) tracking a unique mix of language and culture that is life on American streets; among other plays. He was a founding team member of THE POINT, a nonprofit, arts and economic development organization revitalizing the South Bronx. His honors include a NEFA National Theater Project grant (2011), an NPN Creation Fund grant (2009), and a Ford Foundation grant (2006). UNIVERSES is the current and first ever Ensemble in Residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Photo by Arthur Cohen.

Party People

Steven Sapp- Omar’s Rant – UNIVERSES’ Party People.

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The Hostile Gospel

UNIVERSES’ Ameriville – “The Hostile Gospel” by Steven Sapp.

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Party People

Party People promotional trailer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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