Work and Experience

Born in London, Stephen Temperley first came to the U.S. as a teenager. He trained as an actor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, going on from there to act in several plays for New York’s Public Theatre, including 2 Henry IV for Shakespeare in the Park, and Invitation to a Beheading at the Martinson. 

After moving back to the U.S. in the late ’70s he has worked extensively in leading regional theaters, in National Tours of Whose Life is it Anyway and Me and My Girl, the blue grass musical Lone Star Love in Cleveland, many plays in stock, off-Broadway in the rock musical Up Against It at the Public, and in the original company of Crazy for You on Broadway.

The first of his plays to be produced was Beside the Seaside, off-Broadway at the Hudson Guild. Other plays include Money/Mercy, produced at the Chelsea Theatre center and then as part of the first HBO New Writers’ Workshop in Los Angeles. Dance With Me, off-Broadway at the 18th Street Theatre and later at Centenary Theatre Company in New Jersey, and also The Pilgrim Papers at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Workshops include a musical, That Kind of Woman, for Dodger Theatricals, Kind Masters at the Mint, The Weight of Tears at TheatreSounds. His most recent plays are Songbook, which received two workshop stagings at the York and is now also a novel, and Nine Day Wonder, a solo comedy that he recently performed himself at the Centenary Theatre Company.

Souvenir, staged by the Tony award-winning director Vivian Matalon, was first produced off-Broadway at the York Theatre, then on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre. It has since become one of the most produced plays in the US and has been produced in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen (where it joined the repertoire of the Danish Royal Opera), and around the world to great success.

He was the assistant director for The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway and directed Eleanor for the Berkshire Theater Festival

Returning to London, he performed many roles in repertory companies; in the West End in Very Good Eddie and the Brecht/Weill musical Happy End; on television he played leading roles in a drama series for for Granada TV, plays for ITV, the BBC, a comedy pilot and a David Frost Special.

Broadway and off-Broadway


Shubert Theater

Eugene Fodor

Up Against It

Public Theater

Father Brodie/Old Man

1 & 2 Henry IV

Shakespeare in the Park

Thomas of Clarence

West End

Happy End

Lyric Theatre

Baby Face

Very Good Eddie

Picadilly Theatre

Dick Rivers

The Garden

Hampstead Theatre


National Tours

Whose Life is it Anyway

Kennedy Center, etc

Phillip Hill

Me and My Girl

Gerald Bolingbroke

Stock includes...

HMS Pinafore

Berkshire Theater Festival

Sir Joseph

Anything Goes

St Louis MUNY

Sir Evelyn

My Fair Lady

Northshore Music Theatre


Run For Your Wife



Me and My Girl

Papermill Playhouse

Gerald Bolingbroke

Move Over, Mrs Markham

Wilbur Theater, Boston


No Sex Please, We're British

Papermill Playhouse, Palm Beach Playhouse, and Tour

Brian Runnicles


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Pioneer Theater


Ten Little Indians

Cincinnati Playhouse


Lone Star Love

Great Lakes Theater Festival

Dr. Caius

Rough Crossing

Cincinnati Playhouse


A Christmas Carol

McCarter Theater ’96-’99



Huntington Theater


Merry Wives of Windsor

Guthrie Theater

Hugh Evans

The Tempest

Virginia Stage Company


Frontiers of Farce

Virginia Stage Company



Wilma Theater


Charley’s Aunt

Academy Festival Theatre


Absurd Person Singular

Hartman Theater


Twelfth Night

Oxford Theatre Company


Kiss Me Kate

Oxford Theatre Company


The Double Dealer

Billingham Playhouse


Major Barbara

Billingham Playhouse


TV and Film


Middlemarch Films, PBS

Hector de Crêvecourt

Home and Away

Granada TV

Leading role, seven part drama series

Hearty Crafty


Leading role, Play of the Week

The Dirtiest Soldier in the World


Leading role, comedy pilot

A Degree of Frost


Featured guest, David Frost special

Other plays include…

The Pilgrim Papers

Berkshire Theater Festival


HBO New Writers, Chelsea Theater Center.

Beside the Seaside

Hudson Guild, New York

That Kind of Woman

Workshop, Dodger Theatricals

Dance with Me

18th Street Theater and Centenary Stage Company