Stephen G. Tabor

Drama Instructor

BFA Performing Arts (Musical Theatre & Directing) Western Kentucky University, MFA Theater (Directing) Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Every person has a story that is simultaneously unique to their lived experiences and also common to the collective human experience. When we share our stories, and when we listen to the stories of others, we see ourselves and we see each other. We experience a recognition that can shatter the divisive barriers among us to remind us that we are all human. That’s why theatre is a part of who we are and should therefore be available to everyone – because it is about everyone.

Stephen G. Tabor (He/Him/His) is a homegrown Southern boy from Bowling Green, KY. After stumbling into musical theatre in high school, he chose to pursue it with vigor at Western Kentucky University, where his mentor Tracey Moore exposed him to the exciting world of new musical works. The prospect of telling new stories propelled him into professional theatre around the country before landing in New York City to actively engage in new dramatic works. After half a decade in the Big Apple, Stephen chose to foster his directing passion through graduate studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL. He is a recent transplant to the Madison area and is thrilled to be diving into the thriving arts communities around it.

As an actor, director, and educator, Stephen’s career has drawn him to the various corners of the United States. Regional performance credits include work at Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre (VA), Great Plains Theatre (KS), Round Barn Theatre (IN), and Arundel Barn Playhouse (ME), while directing and educational theatre work has included tours with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre (MN) and Lexington Children’s Theatre (KY). Internationally, Italy holds a place in his heart, where he studied dance with Balletto Di Civitaveccia, ASD as well as taught English as a foreign language through theatre and play with Associazone Culturale Linguistica Educational. His university teaching extends to a variety of acting techniques and actor movement courses, as well as logistical areas such as stage management. He maintains a presence as an artist-scholar in professional circles such as the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Southeastern Theatre Conference.

Having dwelt among the competitive environment of professional theatre, as well as communities that pursue the arts less rigorously, Stephen has come to appreciate the transformative power of drama in the lives of professionals and amateurs alike. He strongly believes in interconnected curricula, allowing students’ various interests outside of theatre to permeate their dramatic education, and, conversely, allowing theatre to influence their other activities. His own additional activities include making music (guitar, piano, ukulele), passive-aggressive knitting, Pokèmon connoisseurship, and culinary kitchen creations.