Steven R. O’Brien is an actor, writer and director. He is a graduate of the William Alderson Studio, where he studied the Meisner Technique in its intended two year program. Shortly after graduation, he was perusing the shelves at a bookstore, and stumbled upon the book Acting For The Camera by Tony Barr, and was taken by its clarity and power. He immediately enrolled at The Film Actor’s Workshop, the studio that teaches the principles of the book, and studied with Eric Kline for 3 years. Next, he spent 2 years training with Dee Wallace (E.T., Cujo, Halloween) where he rounded out his technique in scene study.
As an actor, Steven has starred in the Off Broadway hit Making Porn at The Actors’ Playhouse in NYC. He has appeared in numerous productions at the celebrated Nuyorican Poets Cafe, where he had the honor of performing the works of Miguel Pinero, Ismael Reed and Amiri Baraka. He has also appeared in the indie films Family Of Four and Growth as well as Flushed with Zack Galafanakis.
Steven founded The Collective, a theater group in Los Angeles committed to performing both original content created by its members as well as previously produced works. He was an actor, as well as the group’s Artistic Director and, after 6 successful years, he decided to close its doors to focus on filmmaking.
He went on to write, co-produce, and co-star in the award-winning independent film One Night, which is available exclusively on Amazon. As a writer, he has penned four feature-length screenplays, two television pilots, one full-length play, as well as multiple one-act plays.
Steven co-produced RAW-An Evening Of One Act Plays, which played to a sold out crowd at The Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood. He wrote three of the one-act plays and directed and co-starred in them as well. He is currently working on the Sam Shepard play Fool For Love, which he will direct and co-star in.
Steven has spent years attempting to condense his study of acting into a simple, powerful, step-by-step method. He is proud to say he feels he has successfully done so by distilling the craft of acting down to its 10 Fundamental Principles that can be learned and mastered with passion, discipline and guidance.