What The Critics Say

Death of A Salesman

French Creek Theatre, 2017

“Masterful director Fred Sternfeld… is a welcome addition to French Creek Theatre production values. [His] process enables a cast to find their own grounded resilience and enables…fitting the pieces together to provide an emotional journey. Beautiful work, excellent pace and a very satisfying result.”  full review

Kevin Kelly

COOL CLEVELAND

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“Audiences who know him only by the consistent quality of his work simply consider him a damn good director.  Whether it’s a Depression-era family saga or a screwball comedy, he can be depended on to unearth the emotional truth and charm of a piece.”   –Keith Joseph, CLEVELAND SCENE

Next To Normal

TrueNorth Cultural Arts, 2016

“Director Fred Sternfeld has never been better as he scouts out all the pain points in this riveting, virtually sung-through story without ever toppling over into maudlin sentimentality.  I’ve never been so impacted emotionally by this play…” full review

Christine Howey

CLEVELAND SCENE

“One of Cleveland’s most professional and well-qualified directors of legitimate theatre.  Whether a musical, comedy or drama, Fred has the ability to create a stunning production.”

The Bluest Eye

Karamu Performing Arts Theatre, 2012

“A most absorbing evening…Fred Sternfeld’s strong direction creates sufficient dramatic tension, keeping the audience, including this reviewer, thoroughly engaged.” full review

Fran Heller

THE CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS

“Director Fred Sternfeld has a firm hand on the many disparate elements in this 90-minute piece.” full review

Christine Howey

THE PLAIN DEALER

“It is a joyous experience to work with Fred Sternfeld.  There is an unusual sanity and clarity to his approach… both novice and experienced actor grow through their work with him, [resulting] in an ever-increasing list of loyal followers with every production he directs.”

A Little Night Music

Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, 2011

“Captivating…Sternfeld captures the show’s swirling beauty.”   full review

Donald Rosenberg

THE PLAIN DEALER

“In the hands of director Fred Sternfeld, it gets an audience-friendly approach…has charm and humor…a wonderful theatrical experience.”

Roy Berko

THE TIMES NEWSPAPERS

The Glass Menagerie

TrueNorth Cultural Arts, 2015

“An elegantly-tuned production…  As directed by Fred Sternfeld, the characters pulse with honest, well-earned humanity and it is an untrammeled pleasure to watch these four actors negotiate the tiny, claustrophobic world of the Wingfields.  Don’t miss it.”  full review

Christine Howey

CLEVELAND SCENE

Yellowman

Karamu House Theatre, 2009

“A notable theatrical event…full of joy and sadness and surprise.”   full review

Tony Brown

THE PLAIN DEALER

“This is a magnificent production…director Sternfeld, the maestro of the massive musical uber-production, here is working with about 76 fewer actors than usual. But he keeps every beat change razor sharp and brings out poignant dimensions of these two beautifully written characters.”  full review

Christine Howey

RAVE AND PAN

Ragtime, the musical

Jewish Community Center, 2004

“No director in the region can fill a proscenium arch quite like Fred Sternfeld, and his staging of the brawny musical Ragtime was a prime example of his talents…Sternfeld mastered the sweep of events while polishing every small moment until it gleamed.”

Christine Howey

CLEVELAND SCENE

“Fred Sternfeld’s moving Ragtime had more immmediacy and power–at a fraction of the ticket price–than most Playhouse Square [Broadway] tours.”

Linda Eisenstein

ANGLE MAGAZINE

Fred Sternfeld’s…Ragtime played to record audiences and was simply superb.”

Violet Spevack

CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS

Gruesome Playground Injuries

Ensemble Theatre, 2012

“The sort of work that lodges in your brain like a piece of shrapnel.  Filled with humor, pathos and self-awareness.”  full review

Andrea Simakis

THE PLAIN DEALER

“A wonderful production…sensitive direction.”  full review

Bob Abelman

NEWS-HERALD

“Director Fred Sternfeld shapes the pacing of the scenes with clear understanding…resonate with depth, subtlety, and dark humor.”    full review

Christine Howey

CLEVELAND SCENE

Company

Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, 2011

“Imagine my surprise to have enjoyed the intimate Fairmount Center version far more than the glitzy Philharmonic incarnation…Director Fred Sternfeld has put together a uniformly strong cast that negotiates Sondheim’s songs with expressive and rhythmic aplomb.”  fulll review

Donald Rosenberg

THE PLAIN DEALER

“Many productions are more of a song-fest than a story with songs about the pros and cons of marriage. Not so with the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory’s production at the Mayfield Village Civic Center. This is a Company chock-full of talented actors who can sing, dance and generate rich, interesting characters, brought together by a director who marries Sondheim’s style with Furth’s storytelling.  full review

Bob Abelman

NEWS-HERALD

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