Founder & Artistic Director

Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director

Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director

Stephen Burdman founded New York Classical Theatre in 2000 and is the vision behind the creation of Panoramic Theatre. Originally from Los Angeles, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and planned to become a doctor. During college, Stephen auditioned for a production of Hamlet, and discovered his passion for Shakespeare. That experience completely changed the course of his life. Stephen founded New York Classical to give all people the chance to discover classical masterpieces as he did.

Stephen attended the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and later received an MFA in Theatre Directing from the University of California, Irvine. In 1989, Stephen was selected to participate in the first young theatre artist exchange with the (former) Soviet Union and has been a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society since 1994.

Stephen has directed nearly half of Shakespeare canon. To date, he has directed 30 plays for the company. Some of his favorite productions are The Winter’s Tale, Measure for MeasureThe SeagullA {15-min!} Christmas Carol, Playing Moliere, Henry V (in The Battery and, via ferry boat, Governors Island), HamletKing LearMisallianceMary StuartScapin, and The Triumph of Love.

Nominated by New York State Assembly member Danny O’Donnell, Stephen received an award from the West Side Spirit for consistent commitment to excellence in theatre. He lives in Harlem with his wife, Adena, and son, Ezekiel. An avid supporter of Shakespeare on all levels, Stephen is the Chair of the Artistic Committee of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. He has also been a panelist with the National Endowment for the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York and Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation.


Sean Hagerty, Associate Artistic Director

Sean Hagerty, Associate Artistic Director

Sean Hagerty - Associate Artistic Director

Sean has played leading and supporting roles with the company since 2005 and joined the New York Classical staff in 2010. He studied at the Bristol Old Vic, holds a masters from the Shakespeare Institute, and has worked as an actor, director and educator, regionally and internationally for over twenty years. Sean is a member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, has served as the chair of Education and Training for the Shakespeare Theatre Association, and teaches Shakespeare & Style at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre.

Seth Bauer - Executive Director
Ellen Mittenthal - Development & Marketing Consultant
Alicia Marie Beatty - Assistant to the Artistic Director
Stephanie Klapper - Resident Casting Director
Barbara Adrian, Joan Melton - Resident Voice & Text Coaches
Roberto Serrini - Video Content Producer

Associate Artists