Dr. Stephen Stearns has a Masters in Directing, Doctorate in Shakespeare and Post Doctorate in Acting from LAMDA in England. He’s founded: The Horizon’s Project, Artists in Residence, 1977, The New England Youth Theatre (NEYT) 1998, The Maria’s Children Orphan’s Arts Camp in Russia, 2001, and The Theater Program at Gifft Hill School, St. John, USVI, 2007. Stephen and Peter Gould formed Gould & Stearns Clown Theater in 1980. They’ve written ten plays and performed over 4,500 shows. Their play, A Peasant Of El Salvador has won national awards and been performed across the globe from L.A. to South Africa, twice at the Edinburgh Festival, once at England’s National Theater. Stephen has written four musicals and many melodramas, and in 2012 received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence In the Arts, a life-time achievement award. He has also won the Windham County Arts Council Person of the Year award. The New England Youth Theatre teaches students life skills that assist them in leading creative, productive and fulfilling lives.