Kameron Steele is a North American artist that has worked as an actor in professional theatre and film productions since 1991 (AEA) and as a director of professional theatre productions since 2000.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Baltimore, Maryland; in 1991, Steele joined Tadashi Suzuki's SCOT company in Toga, Japan where he has since worked as an actor, assistant director, teacher and translator, appearing in King Lear, Waiting for Romeo, Ivanov, Greetings from the Edge of the Earth and Dionysus. From 1998-2007 Mr. Steele also worked at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, appearing in Wilson's touring productions of Persephone, The Days Before, Woyzeck and Prometheus. Past directing credits include: NYC-- Mosheh: a videopera, Hanjo, Epona's Labyrnith, Saudade, (all at HERE Arts Center), AOI! (Japan Society, PRELUDE Festival, undergroundzerofestival @PS122), Death in Vacant Lot! (Watermill; LMCC), HanjoRedux (CRS), The Bacchae (LIU). International-- Hanjo (Teatro Degollado, Mexico; La Bellone, Belgium), Las Bacantes (Teatro Mendoza, Argentina), AOI! (Institut del Teatre, Spain) and Opium (STUK, Belgium; Monty, Antwerp; Brakke Grond, Amsterdam: co-created with Arco Renz/Kobalt Works) CalArts--No Exit, Suddenly Last Summer, The Threepenny Opera. Williams College--Blood Wedding, The Skriker. UNCuyo--Las Bacantes, Opera de los Tres Mangos. In November, 2017, at the Festival de Estrenos in Mendoza, Argentina, Steele won the Best Director and Best Production award for AOI: el gualicho de la malvarrosa. He is fluent in written and spoken English, Spanish and Japanese. His translation of Tadashi Suzuki’s Culture is the Body was published by TCG in 2015. BFA Performance Studies: Northwestern University, MFA Directing: CalArts.
Kameron Steele was born in Duluth, Minnesota and raised in Baltimore, Maryland; After receiving his BFA in Performance Studies from Northwestern University's School of Speech in 1991, he joined Tadashi Suzuki’s SCOT company, based in the remote mountain village of Toga in western Japan. From 1991-1994 Mr. Steele appeared in a variety of Suzuki’s productions at the Toga Festival, Art Tower Mito, The Mitsui Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival in NYC. As a translator and assistant director for Mr. Suzuki, Mr. Steele has worked with many figures in the world theatre, including Nuria Espert, Yuri Lubimov, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Michael Kustow, Katie Mitchell, Anatoly Vasilyev, Lech Mackiewicz, Wlodzimierz Staniewski, Robert Wilson, and Ratan Thiyam. In 1992 he helped Suzuki form the Saratoga International Theatre Institute (SITI) company with American director Ann Bogart, and organized the first training sessions of the company in Saratoga Springs, NY.
In 1994 Mr. Steele left the SCOT company and moved to New York where he was seen in a number of off -Broadway venues including Classic Stage Company, Century Center for the Performing Arts, and The Culture Project, where he won critical acclaim in Will Pomerantz’ adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s Prater Violet and Joanna Settle’s production of Kleist’s Penthesilea.
In 1998, Mr. Steele became involved in Robert Wilson’s Watermill center, and from 1998-2002 performed in Mr. Wilson’s Persephone , The Days Before, Woyzeck, and the title role in the Iannis Xenakis opera Prometheus at the Megaron Mousikis in Athens. Through Wilson and the Watermill Center, Mr. Steele has worked with exciting figures in world theatre and music, including Phillip Glass, Michael Galasso, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Tom Waits, Isabella Rosellini, Arco Renz and Felipe Fernandez del Paso.
In 2000, Mr. Steele shifted his focus from acting to directing and teaching. In 2003, he completed a six-month residency at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico where, along with Ivana Catanese he formed the AlaSur company and developed a unique style of presenting the Suzuki method. Lauded as a more balanced and dynamic way to approach this very volatile technique, AlaSur's version of the Suzuki method has since been taught in Argentina, Japan, France, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Greece as well as New York and has recently become part of the regular curriculum at several leading theatre institutions in Argentina.
As a first time director, Mr. Steele opened the New Teatro Mendoza Opera House in Mendoza Argentina with Euripides’ Las Bacantes in 2000. AlaSur’s first production, Mr. Steele’s translation/adaptation of Yukio Mishima’s modern Noh play Hanjo, was presented at the Teatro Degollado Opera House in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2003 and took the best play of the year prize from El Mural magazine and toured to New York in 2004 as part of the MexicoNow Festival. In 2005, he presented an original work based on Jorge-Luis Borges’ The Circular Ruins entitled Saudade at HERE’s American Living Room series, and remounted Hanjo in a revamped version HANJO REDUX, at CRS Studios in Union Square. In fall 2006 he presented an original translation/adaptation of Terayama Shuji’s film script Death in the Fields as the rock opera DEATH IN VACANT LOT! at LMCC Swing Space in NYC, and another translation/adaptation of Mishima, this time his Noh play The Lady Aoi, titled AOI! which was presented at The Japan Society in May, 2007.
His first and only major film appearance, playing “Charlie Ryan” in Mayu Nakamura’s independent feature The Summer of Stickleback (Hariyo no Natsu) premiered in Tokyo in October, 2006.
In May, 2014, Steele graduated from CalArts School of Theatre with an MFA in Directing, and from 2015 to 2017 was a Visiting Lecturer at Williams College, USA. His translation of Tadashi Suzuki’s Culture is the Body was published by TCG in 2015. In November 2017, his AlaSur remount of AOI, entitled AOI: el Gualicho de la Malvarrosa (a new adaptation by Ivana Catanese) at the Teatro Independencia went on to win 6 awards at the Festival de Estrenos in Mendoza, Argentina, including Best Direction and Best Production. Today, he continues his work with AlaSur and SCOT. He lives with his wife and two children in Mendoza, Argentina.