This private, devout, and thoughtful man shared so much of himself onstage because that’s where he had the most to give to others.
The man who embodied Chicago acting was most alive on its stages, sharing his gift with the colleagues and audiences who shaped him.
The kind of leader who listened as much as he led, he also modeled an enviable work/life balance.
The longtime OSF actor, equally a master of Shakespeare and August Wilson, wore his huge and complicated heart on his sleeve.
He was an outsized figure as zany, mercurial, tender, and tragic as the characters he put onstage.
To a large extent, we work in the theatre he made: modern, classic, vigorous, rigorous, company-based.
Making theatre in a small Idaho town perfectly suited his need, and his gift, for connection and dialogue.
An unassuming lighting designer, he specialized in making others shine, but he was plenty brilliant himself.
An exposed nerve, a calming presence, an irresistible catalyst, a wide-ranging empath—the composer/lyricist contained multitudes.
A drink with Stuart at Bar Centrale before curtain up was always a highlight of my time in New York.