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Arts Educator

Skilled Arts Educator comfortable with of students of all ages.

I have experience teaching arts administration, acting, directing, dramaturgy and more. I have taught all levels from children to college to seniors and beyond. I have also taught students with disabilities.

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Educator Accomplishments

Arts Education Administration/ Teaching Experience

  • Currently teaching/ directing classes & productions at CenterStage Theatre Company

  • Currently teaching for Denver University, University College Arts and Culture Management program

  • Founded and set educational philosophy for Theatre Academy at Mizel (26 years); multiple classes taught, productions directed and produced

  • Teaching theatre in Colorado for 30 years; taught at all levels from preschool through seniors; artist-in-residence, community college, private schools, public schools, workshops

  • Numerous play adaptations scripted for children (Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Wrinkle in Time, Hobbit, Shakespeare and many more)

  • 10 years as high school drama teacher at St. Mary’s Academy; Performing Arts Chair for 6 years

  • Taught for 4 years full time at Stage Eleven (a private non-profit theatre school); included numerous residencies in the schools

  • Hosted Internship in arts administration for Colorado State University student (Winter 2020)

  • Provided mentorship for several former students who went on to become arts leaders

Program Creation, Development and Management

  • Founded the Wolf Theatre Academy (WTA); built the academy from 30 students in 1994 to routinely serve over 600 students annually. Between 2009-2019 the WTA served over 6,300 students and over 33,000 audience members earning over $2.5M in revenue. Steve produced over 100 mainstage WTA productions - personally directing 30. He never missed an opening night in 26 years. Hundreds of one-week Pluss workshop productions overseen (personally adapting many of the scripts).

  • Founded the Denver Children’s Theatre; 150,000 children served in 23 years; 2 Henry Awards for “Best Children’s Theatre”; also named “Top Children’s Theatre” by the Rocky Mountain News. Steve personally directed 11 productions and produced 12 productions.

  • Oversaw and nurtured JAAMM Festival (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music) from its founding through its 2020 programming; JAAMM served over 50,000 patrons and earned $1.4M in ticket sales during its 12-year history

  • Fostered growth of the popular Denver Jewish Film Festival program which grew from 1,600 patrons in 2006 to over 7,500 in 2019.

  • Developed and fostered growth for Denver Jewish Film Festival (17 years); JAAMM Fest (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies & Music Festival), the Mizel’s music and literary festival (13 years); XY Events program (for 20s/30s demographic; 4 years)

  • Developed and fostered growth for PHAMALY Theatre Company (15 years) 

  • Developed and fostered growth for Reorganized Colorado Theatre Guild/ personally submitted IRS 501(c)(3) application

  • Fostered growth of Fine Arts Department at St. Mary's Academy (directed annual all-girls Shakespeare)

Communications, Collaboration and Inclusion

  • Coalition and partnership building - community collaborator through SCFD Collaborative governance and program participation; numerous collaborations with other organizations

  • DEI - experience with disability/ accessibility programs for the arts (PHAMALY Theatre CO; DEI programming at Mizel Center); Passionate advocacy for arts and culture and inclusion programming

  • Experience communicating with multi-stakeholder constituencies

  • Comfortable working independently, collaboratively or in a team-oriented environment

  • Experienced educator and mentor

  • Strong technology experience and computer proficiency – MS Office 


  • Well-rounded set of competencies - including visionary leadership, artistic management, fiscal stewardship, nurturing educator, engaging collaborator and outstanding communicator  

  • 25+ years senior level non-profit management experience - at a multidisciplinary presenting and producing arts facility with programs in film, theatre, music, dance, visual arts, literary arts and arts education

  • Extensive knowledge and personal relationships with numerous Colorado cultural leaders and staff

  • Self-motivated, with an unparalleled work ethic

  • Positive, cooperative, energetic, empathetic, supportive leadership style

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Testimonial about Steve's Influence Published in Forward Magazine

By Writer and Former Student Talya Zax on Influence of Steve Wilson

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