A proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, FRED STERNFELD currently works as a freelance director. Previously, he has served as Artistic Director for the Hathaway Brown Theatre Institue (HBTI) and the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory (FPAC) in Cleveland, Ohio; Lakewood Little Theatre/Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio; and the Cleveland, Seattle and Dallas Jewish Community Centers. After working as a director in Dallas and Seattle, Fred settled in Northeast Ohio to raise his family.
Fred’s body of work (over 120 shows in all genres) is represented by numerous honors and awards. He has worked at top Northeast Ohio theatres such as Beck Center for the Arts, Cain Park Summer Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, the JCC Halle Theatre, Cesaer’s Forum, Karamu Performing Arts Theatre and more.
Fred’s shows have collectively won more than 100 awards, including Cleveland Critics Circle, Cleveland Scene, and Times Tribute Awards.
As an educator, Fred has created and run many critically-acclaimed programs. Previously, Fred was the founder and operator of the respected Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute (HBTI), Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory (FPAC), and educational programs at the Cleveland, Seattle and Dallas Jewish Community Centers.
Many of Fred’s students have moved into professional careers in major regional theatres, Broadway, and in film and television. Fred is also the founder and owner of the Northeast Ohio Performing Arts List (NEohioPAL), an award-winning free online arts news service that currently serves over 8,800 subscribers in Cleveland, Akron, Canton and throughout the Northeast Ohio region.
West Side Story, TrueNorth Cultural Arts, 2013
“The results are electrifying” — Christine Howey, RAVE AND PAN
The Miracle Worker, TrueNorth Cultural Arts, 2013
“Fresh and involving…granular direction…an avalanche of emotion” — Christine Howey, RAVE AND PAN
Gruesome Playground Injuries, Ensemble Theatre, 2012
“Filled with humor, pathos and self-awareness” – Andrea Simakis, THE PLAIN DEALER
The Bluest Eye, Karamu House Theatre, 2012
“A most absorbing evening” – Fran Heller, CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS
Company, Fairmount PAC, 2011[Company] “bests the New York Philharmonic” [star-studded revival] – Don Rosenberg, THE PLAIN DEALER
A Little Night Music, Fairmount PAC, 2011
“Captivating…Sternfeld captures the show’s swirling beauty” – Don Rosenberg, THE PLAIN DEALER
Baby, TrueNorth Cultural Arts, 2010
“Sternfeld’s direction….makes this a very special evening of musical theatre” – Ray Berko, TIMES NEWSPAPERS
Yellowman, Karamu House Theatre, 2009
“Notable theatrical event…full of joy and sadness and surprise” – Tony Brown, THE PLAIN DEALER
Peter Pan, Beck Center, 2008
“Extravaganza…a sterling production…amazing…something to crow about” – Fran Heller, CLEVELAND JEWISH NEWS
This Is How It Goes, Bang & Clatter Theatre, 2008
“Smart, tenacious, and cleverly staged production that is not to be missed” – Bob Abelman, CHAGRIN VALLEY TIMESDisney’s
Beauty and the Beast, Beck Center, ‘05-‘07
“Polished … directed with discipline and detail” – Tony Brown, THE PLAIN DEALER
A Shayna Maidel, JCC Theatre, 2007
“Humor and pathos…soul cleansing tears to all eyes” – Tony Brown, THE PLAIN DEALER
South Pacific, JCC Theatre, 2005
“Handsome enough to be a Broadway revival…strong performances” – Linda Eisenstein, THE PLAIN DEALER
Proof, Geauga Lyric Theatre, 2004
“The best show to grace the Geauga Theater stage during our years there.” – Chuck & Stacy Burris, Past Presidents
Ragtime, the musical, JCC Theatre, 2004
“Startling achievement … gorgeously professional and emotionally powerful” – Carolyn Jack, THE PLAIN DEALER
Underneath the Lintel, Caesar’s Forum, 2004
“An obscure gem…witty, insightful…quite funny…expertly helmed” – Christine Howey, CLEVELAND SCENE
Of Mice and Men, Beck Center, 2004
“Powerfully effective and professional” – Linda Eisenstein, THE PLAIN DEALER
Fiddler on the Roof, Cain Park Summer Theatre, 2003
“Exuberant and moving…fresh, endearing” – Carolyn Jack, THE PLAIN DEALER
The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Dobama Theatre, 2003
“As full of laughs as Zabars is full of lox…[Fred Sternfeld] has a sure hand” – Tony Brown, THE PLAIN DEALER
Saturday Night, Beck Center, 2002
“A model of theatrical craftsmanship…warm and engaging” – Carolyn Jack, THE PLAIN DEALER
Man of La Mancha, Halle Theatre, 2002
“A dream…an engaging night in the theatre…exceptional cast” – Jacqueline Gerber, THE PLAIN DEALER
Conversations With My Father, Halle Theatre, 2001
“A hard-edged comedy bordering on epic” “a finely seasoned cast” – Keith Joseph, CLEVELAND SCENE
Bad Seed, Ensemble Theatre, 2001
“It all pays off in a big way…a chilling second act…pulse-pounding dilemmas” – Linda Eisenstein, THE PLAIN DEALER
The Sound of Music, Cain Park Summer Theatre, 2001
“Revelatory moments…pure transcendent musical theatre” – Linda Eisenstein, THE PLAIN DEALER
The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Dobama Theatre, 2000
“Sparkles under the masterful hand of director Fred Sternfeld…hypnotic” – Tony Brown, THE PLAIN DEALER
Broadway Bound, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Seattle, 1989 “A vivid, professional production” –Wayne Johnson, SEATTLE TIMES
Crossing Delancey, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Seattle, 1989 “Quick and bright…and the working out of the romance is touching.” –Wayne Johnson, SEATTLE TIMES
Summer Performing Arts program for students Grades 1-3, and Grades 4-college.
Created a challenging curriculum of drama, dance and voice with instruction from working professionals.
Summer Performing Arts programs 1-12th graders, and college students.
Created and implemented a conservatory approach to the training of young people.
Beck Center Teen Conservatory, ‘04
Teacher of Musical Theatre: Led workshop with 9-12th graders that culminated in a recital of Musical Theatre scenes.
Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle, ’89-’92
Director of “Theatre Camp”: Summer day camp for 1-12th graders that combines rehearsal and performance of a production with theatre arts classes.
Jewish Community Center of Dallas, ’85-’86
Director of “Performing Arts Camp”: Summer day camp for 4-9th graders that combines rehearsal and performance of a production with theatre arts classes.