History Stephen Ringold: Artistic Director, Writer, Performer


 
 
Mr. Ringold is an N.E.A./Rockefeller Foundation grant recipient for his exploration of collaboration between the fine arts and performing arts. His original works for theatre and circus have been produced in festivals, theaters, and arenas in the Far East, the Middle East, across Eastern and Western Europe, and throughout the United States. He assistant directed for the 1997 Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Dario Fo, in Mr. Fo's production of Il Barbarie De Savilia, at the Dutch National Opera House. As ringmaster and clown he has toured nationally with the Big Apple Circus and performed in their ring at Lincoln Center. As an actor he has appeared in the title role of Elizabeth Swados' award-winning musical Job, as Krogstad in the Other Theatre's A Doll's House, as Creon in Jean Anouigh's Antigone at Primary Stages, and in numerous other Off-Broadway and regional performances.

His work teaching clown and circus for seven years in East Harlem public schools is the subject of both a public service documentary aired nationally on NBC entitled Portrait of a Teacher and a short film featured about four times a month on Sesame Street. As part of the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit® he has received a MacArthur Grant and the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award for the group's ongoing work as "clown doctors" in hospitals.

Mr. Ringold receives a bi-annual commission to write theater introducing Philadelphia's inner-city population to exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is an Adjunct Professor in acting, clown, and Commedia Del'arte at New York. He presently teaches a violence prevention curriculum through circus and theatre at P.S. 126 in Queens and in an after-school program at P.S. 19 in Brooklyn. In addition, he tours tri-state schools with Kim Winslow in the curriculum-based show, Professor W's Earth Science Circus.

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