Dale Stein’s work has focused on writing and performance in professional theatre for over 30 years, both in New York City and Washington, DC. She was an invited member of New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects; an arts collective supporting and developing new work in theatre. She was a founding member of Smallbeer Theatre; a professional company for new plays in Wash, D.C. Ms. Stein performed her original material with Garrison Keillor’s live radio show at Lamb’s Theatre, Manhattan Punchline Theatre, West Bank Theatre in NYC and The National Theatre and Blues Alley in DC. Her one-person show, A FRESH OF BREATH AIR, directed by Christopher Ashley (currently Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse) was nominated for two 1991 Helen Hayes Awards (Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Lead Actress). Ms. Stein performed A FRESH OF BREATH AIR at venues 1991-2004 including New York Theatre Workshop, The Kennedy Center, The National Theatre, Baltimore’s Theatre Project, Playhouse 125, Metro Stage, Round House Theatre and on tour. She is recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Solo Theatre Performance Grant (top award). She wrote and performed for the Maryland Public Television comedy series “Crabs”, Village Gate Late Night Comedy and for WPGC morning drive radio. She was writer for two Helen Hayes Awards Shows presented at the Kennedy Center. STEP UP TO THE PLATE is a one-act play for young audiences Ms. Stein co-wrote with Jacalyn Kalin, published by Pioneer Drama. Most recently, she has performed A FRESH OF BREATH AIR at The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Barbara Ingram School for the Arts; Wellfleet Preservation Hall, Wellfleet, MA; and, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Ms. Stein’s teaching includes acting workshops presented in conjunction with A FRESH OF BREATH AIR. She taught theatre-related workshops for Montgomery County, MD’s Phoenix program for at-risk students. Ms. Stein worked with Fairfax County, VA’s Office for Children where she designed and implemented theatre workshops for adults and a multi-disciplinary Artist-In-Residence series for children. She taught acting at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and also developed and implemented a multi-disciplinary arts program for the George Mason University Summer Academy. She consulted and taught with the Comedy Club of Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School, Silver Spring, MD. Ms. Stein is an Artist-in-Residence at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts. She taught in the Creative Writing program (2015-2016) and continues to teach Acting, Theatre History and Directing as an adjunct in the Theatre Department.
Ms. Stein received her BA from Pennsylvania State University. Additional studies include Acting with Franchelle Dorn in Wash. DC, Acting with Wynn Handman in NYC and Voice with Margaret Riddleburger in NYC. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, Equity and The Dramatists Guild.
Special Guest – Rick Kain (Playwriting with a Punch Academy)
Actor, Stuntman, stunt Coordinator, film maker
A native Marylander, Rick Kain is a veteran actor, stuntman, and stunt coordinator with over 150 film and television credits to date. His most recent work can be seen on ‘Jack Ryan’, ‘Mind Hunter’, ‘DC Noir”, ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, and ‘The Bone Collector’ . He has just completed production of two festival bound short films ‘Unheard Melodies’, and ‘The Elephant Spiel’ and is currently in postproduction on his first feature documentary film. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA, WIFV TIVA.