Stephen Rosenfield is the Director of the American Comedy Institute. He coaches and directs performers ranging from beginners to Emmy and Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated star talent.
The accomplishments of Stephen Rosenfield’s students include starring roles in movies, network and premium cable television series, commercials, Broadway and off-Broadway productions, and hosting their own radio programs. His students have made development deals with CBS, ABC, Fox, HBO, Paramount, the Henson Co. and Tribune Entertainment. They have made appearances on Letterman, Leno, Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show, SNL, Last Comic Standing, and Comedy Central Shows including Comedy Central Presents, one hour specials, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. They have appeared in the Montreal, Aspen, and Las Vegas Comedy Festivals. They have appeared in both the Edinburgh and New York International Fringe Festivals, and in every comedy club in N.Y. and L.A., and in clubs throughout the U.S. and around the world.
They have written for Saturday Night Live, the Late Show with David Letterman, The Chris Rock Show and have written and starred in their own one-person shows off-Broadway, and at Caroline’s on Broadway, the Gotham Comedy Club and the New York International Fringe Festival. Stephen Rosenfield has produced, written and directed comedy shows at Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, PSNBC, Stand-Up New York, The Comic Strip, Don’t Tell Mama and The Improv. For three years he produced, directed and wrote for Rubber Feet, the sketch comedy group that appeared regularly at The Comic Strip. He directed and co-authored the Obie Award-winning musical comedy review, The Present Tense. He has directed plays at the Roundabout Theater, The Ensemble Studio Theater, The Actor’s Studio, Manhattan Class Company and the Intiman Theatre. He received the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award and a Robby nomination for his direction of the musical, Charlie and Algernon.
Stephen has been a guest artist and lecturer in comedy at Brigham Young University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Barnard College, University of Washington, The New School, New York University, and the Union Theological Seminary. He was the founding Artistic Director of Humber College’s Program in Comedy, a former Professor of Theatre and Comedy and the former Director of the Comedy Program at William Patterson University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Stephen has a BA in Theatre and Drama cum laude from Lawrence University and a MFA in Theatre Direction from Stanford University.