About Thia as a PERFORMER:
"Aside from being a wonderfully powerful source of positive energy to our company, Thia contributed an example of professionalism that every stage manager wants and needs on a production. Thia is a seriously talented and disciplined actor who was never late, always was on her lines, left her personal life at the stage door, and was an integral asset to the success of our production. Thia Stephan receives my highest recommendation."
(Stage Manager at FELA! ,
worked with Thia at Laguna Playhouse)
About Thia as a DIRECTOR:
“ I was honored to have Thia Stephan direct my play, Flight RIsk, for the Samuel French Festival. I was excited and confident as I watched her put together her team. When I saw the performance...I was blown away. I couldn't have been more thrilled with the way Thia approached the piece, her actors, and myself as a writer. She approached the project with the kind of passion and professionalism writers cross their fingers to find in a director. She and her actors found beats and nuances I didn't know I'd written. I laughed at my own play--with everybody around me laughing too. She can direct my work any time."
CARON LEVIS (Playwright, Author, Arts Educator)
"For the Blank Theatre Company's Young Playwrights Festival, I work closely in helping shape the plays with the writers and directors. Thia's work as a director is always remarkable and inspired. I would jump at the chance to work with Thia Stephan at every opportunity, and any production or company would be doing themselves a favor by hiring her."
MARK ARNOLD (Young Playwrights Festival,
Director of the Mentor Program)
"Thia is a wonderfully talented actress who was able to come in and save the day for me on a show. She is smart, professional, detail oriented and above all talented. I feel anyone would be lucky to have someone like Thia as an understudy. I would not hesitate to hire her again either as an actress or as an understudy."
DARIN ANTHONY (Artistic Director, Moving Arts, LA)
"Thia Stephan has the ability to uplift and bring unique form and substance to any material and cast she is given the chance to direct. She has vision for projects that most directors would only hope to conceive. If you hire Thia, you are getting a skilled professional who will bring your project to life in ways you were hoping and more. I would recommend Thia to direct almost any type of material, (including abstract, classics, Shakespeare and even comedy), and would hire her myself to do the same. Lastly, I would jump at the chance to be directed as an actor by Thia Stephan."
JOHN KASSIR (Actor, Owner - Kassir Productions, Inc.)
Thia and I worked together under a Theater for Young Audiences Equity contract. During that time, Thia exhibited exemplary behavior professionally in her hard-working approach to the material and the rehearsal process. She was always on time and willing to help her fellow actors. She was respectful, attentive, and available to the kids. In short, Thia was a valuable asset and a strong member of our team in every aspect of the job."
ROD DAMER (Actor)
"Thia's ability to weave a song and lyric together is a true gift. Her musicality is equally matched by her brilliant storytelling. She harkens back to the days of a true "leading lady" of the theatre - dynamic, honest, gritty, not afraid to get messy, heartfelt, present, loving, truthful, and brave. She is a dream to work with and a necessary component for the future of musicals to stay alive and pertinent."
JASPER GRANT (Musical Director)