Actor Steven Skybell joins Colonial Williamsburg’s recognized roster of Revolutionaries in Residence for Mr. Jefferson’s 2019 Palace Garden Party. Skybell’s theater career on Broadway and throughout the world reflects the art of America’s dramatic interpretation at its finest. His residency at Colonial Williamsburg will focus on acting Shakespeare in both the colonial and current period.
Performing all over the world, including Broadway, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Tokyo, Japan, Skybell’s Broadway credits include Dr. Dillamond in Wicked, Harold Nichols in The Full Monty, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Café Crown; and Ah, Wilderness! His numerous Off-Broadway appearances include Love’s Labour’s Lost(The Public Theater), and Antigone in New York (Vineyard Theatre), for which he received an OBIE Award. Shakespearean credits include the title role in Hamlet, Vanessa Redgrave’s Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona (all at The Public Theater), and Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus (Theatre for a New Audience.)
Skybell was one of two Americans chosen for the inaugural season of Shakespeare’s Globe/London, where he appeared in Henry V, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, which included a command performance for Elizabeth II (as seen on PBS’ Great Performances). His film and TV credits include: Elementary, 666 Park Avenue, NYC 22, Law & Order, Sex and the City, All My Children, Simply Irrestible, Cradle Will Rock, and Tom and Francie. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Yale College, a certificate in Acting from the British American Drama Academy, Bailliol College in Oxford and a Master of Fine Arts for Yale School of Drama. He has taught acting at Harvard, NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts, Fordham, and the Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theater. He is currently a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama and appearing as Tevye in the acclaimed Yiddish-language adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof in NYC (directed by Joel Grey).
The highlight of the evening, in a setting inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mr. Skybell will portray a visiting Shakespearean Actor and present the Bard’s memorable roles and monologues in a vibrant, thirty-minute presentation, with music.