SMJ (Steven Meeker Jr.) graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction and Department Honors from Otterbein University with BFA Acting major with a Dance Minor in April 2017. They hail from Mount Vernon, Ohio. They grew up with their parents as well as their younger brother. "The Super Meeker Bros." would become interested in theater, comedy, choir, and sports. SMJ and their brother especially loved professional wrestling and became avid fans of the WWE. One of SMJ’s dreams is to call (or announce) for a WWE WrestleMania event before the age of 40.
SMJ got their 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 them to do theater in the community, take dance lessons, teach mime to local youth, as well as write and direct for community theaters.
At Otterbein, they participated in numerous main stage productions including plays, dance concerts and a musical. They were a movement/acting coach at Westerville South High School, participated in numerous Festivals & Dance Workshops, and was a member and former President of the Mainstage Improv troupe at Otterbein for five years. They were selected for the 2015 NTI Theatermakers Program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. In June 2016, SMJ 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, SMJ debuted their Distinction project, Not the Truth We Seek, blending text, mime, dance, and original music.
Since the move to New York City, SMJ has been focusing on relearning mime as well as sharpening their writing skills. They are 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. Their writing has been seen at multiple theaters in New York City and has been developing projects through residencies at The Access Theater, the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and Dragon's Egg Studio.
Most recently, SMJ worked for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center as the Theatermakers Assistant and a National Theater Institute Apprentice for the 2017-2018 year.