Photo: Andrew Beers

 

Steven Meeker Jr. graduated Summa Cum Laude and with Distinction from Otterbein University with BFA Acting major with a Dance Minor in April 2017. He hails from Mount Vernon, Ohio. He grew up with his parents as well as his younger brother. "The Super Meeker Bros." would become interested in theater, comedy, choir, and sports. They especially loved professional wrestling and became avid fans of the WWE. One of Steven's dreams is to call (or announce) for a WWE WrestleMania event before the age of 40. 

Steven got his start in theater by participating in the School for Mime Theatre at Kenyon College under the guidance of professionals Rick Wamer, Stephen Chipps and Lorie Heald. Since then, the confidence gained in mime empowered him to do theater in his community and high school, take dance lessons, teach mime to local youth, as well as write and direct for community theaters.

At Otterbein, he participated in numerous main stage productions including plays, dance concerts and a musical. He was a movement/acting coach at Westerville South High School, participated in numerous Festivals & Dance Workshops, and was a member of the Mainstage Improv troupe at Otterbein for five years (President for two). He was selected for the 2015 NTI Theatermakers Program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center working with Rachel Jett, Forrest McClendon, Patrese McClain, Nicole Ricciardi, The Debate Society, and Gregory S. Allen to name some of his favorite teachers. In June 2016, Steven was part of the world premiere of Sean Murphy's Invention of Theater at Otterbein Summer Theater playing the "deliciously sleazy" theater producer, Avery. In December 2016, Steven debuted his full-length play and Distinction project, Not the Truth We Seek to a huge crowd, blending text, mime, dance, and original music. 

Since the move to New York City, Steven has been focusing on relearning mime as well as developing his writing skills. He is motivated by the goal of creating theater that everyone can enjoy and by creating theater that mashes up several genres including mime, ballet/dance, stage combat, text, and music. His writing has been seen at multiple theaters in New York City including The Access Theater, The Theatre at St. Clement's, and The Kraine Theater among others. His first-full length play, Stacy and Mia, will premiere August 31, 2017.  He is one half of the writer-director team, The Kitchen Appliances. 

Steven will be an NTI Apprentice for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for the 2017-2018 year. Steven will also be an Artist in Residence for the Access Theater in NYC from March 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018. He will be developing and showcasing his new mime musical, At the Barre, with his writing partner, Matthew Gittins.