STEVEN HITT - BIO

Steven Hitt is a theatre artist whose career has spanned 41 years and has included performing, directing, choreographing, writing, devising, producing and arts administration. Currently in his 14th year at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center as Artistic Producing Director, Steven’s most recent productions at LPAC include the New York Times acclaimed show with Ping Chong and Company, Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity, as well as commissioned works from Turkey, Home and God Lives in Glass. 

A veteran theatre artist, Steven holds an M.F.A from the University of Florida, a B.F.A from the University of Montevallo and as a performer has been seen on some of New York’s greatest stages including in the New York and international company of A Chorus Line. He has also danced at the Met with the American Ballet Theatre in Sleeping Beauty, sung at Carnegie Hall and performed at the Apollo. Recently, Steven created the role of Sadik in the English translation of Ozen Yula’s play For Rent, performed in a workshop production of Lincoln and Son, portrayed Mysterious Man in Into the Woods and Sparger in Kennedy’s Children. Previous favorite roles include Gallo in The Fantastics and James in Children of a Lesser God.

Steven is also the co-author of the book Superheroes Unmasked: An Amazing Approach to Helping Children Learn Social Emotional Skills and is the former executive director of PACT Training, Inc., an organization focused on training a myriad of people including law enforcement personnel and Fortune 500 executives in improvisational actor techniques to conduct conflict resolution in various situations. In addition, he's also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Human Services at LaGuardia Community College teaching the course, HIV/AIDS, Science and Society. 

In 2019, Steven was honored by Shining Together for his commitment to community excellence. He was also recognized by LaGuardia Community College for his outstanding support and contribution to the Student Government Association from 2015-2016. Similarly, he was honored with the Queens Impact Award for his work in building LaGuardia Community College’s theatre program alongside his work managing LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. His field contributions include serving on panels for Queens Council for the Arts and New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and has the honor of being a nominator for The Drama League. 

As the leader of the most diverse and inclusive performing arts center in a college nationwide, Steven’s passion for theatre as a conduit to social change has led him to creative collaboration with LaGuardia Community College’s Program Director and Professor, Stefanie Sertich. The unique and unprecedented relationship between LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and LaGuardia Community College is a first for any performing arts center affiliated with the City University of New York and has yielded a series of devised works centered around social justice. Unpacking Home: An Exploration of Homeless Youth in NYC, Unpacking American Identity: Through the Eyes of Allies in the Muslim Community, Unpacking American Identity: Black Lives Matter and Intersections all served to put the community back into LaGuardia Community College.