Steven Meeker Jr. (SMJ) 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. Steven and his brother 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.
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 of the Mainstage Improv troupe at Otterbein for five years (President for two). They were 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, Elizabeth Hess, and Gregory S. Allen, among others. 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, SMJ debuted their full-length play and 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 including The Access Theater, The Theatre at St. Clement's, and The Kraine Theater among others. They are one-half of the writer-director team, The Kitchen Appliances.
Currently, SMJ is the Theatermakers Assistant after completing a full year as an National Theater Institute Apprentice for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center for the 2017-2018 year. SMJ received an Independent Writing Residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in February 2018. SMJ is also an Artist in Residence for the Access Theater in NYC from March 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018. SMJ will also be a resident artist at The Dragon's Egg in Ledyard, CT in August 2018. Through those residencies, they will be developing and showcasing a new mime musical, At the Barre.