Steven Maler believes that for presentations — scripted or extemporaneous — success depends on engaging the audience; getting them to sit up and listen; to trust you and to believe in you.
This comes naturally to Steve. In addition to helping nonprofit, business, and political leaders strengthen their presentation skills, he specializes in large-scale productions of Shakespeare — working with the nation’s top actors and the world’s most passionate and profound language.
Using time-tested methods and techniques from the theater, Steve helps speakers integrate voice, body, and mind into personalized and powerful storytelling; to set clear objectives for presentations; and to tap into their passion for their message.
In addition to his presentation coaching work, Steve is the founding Artistic Director of award-winning Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC), which annually presents free productions of Shakespeare on the Boston Common and is now the Theater in Residence at Babson College. For CSC, he has directed over nineteen productions, which have been seen by more than one million people. He has worked with some of America’s most extraordinary actors, including Seth Gilliam, James Waterston, Jeffrey Donovan, Jay O. Sanders, and Anthony Rapp among many others.
Mr. Maler’s opera credits include the American premiere of Peter Eötvös’ operatic treatment of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and Thomas Ades’ Powder Her Face for Opera Boston. For New England Conservatory, he has staged Dido and Aeneas and Die Fledermaus. He is the director of Without You, a musical memoire written by and starring Anthony Rapp, which has performed in Boston, New York, Seoul, Toronto, Edinburgh, and London.
His feature film, The Autumn Heart, starring Tyne Daly and Ally Sheedy, was in the Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award at the Nantucket Film Festival. It was released in September 2000.
Steve is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a John Motley Morehead Scholar.