Spotlight on Steven Gross

Spotlight on Steven Gross

Oct 23 2017

Get to know the faculty and staff of the School of Theater, Film and Media Arts

by Hadiyah Weaver

Say hello to Dr. Steven Gross, one of the newest additions to the TFMA family. Dr. Gross has music directed, conducted and served as pianist for many Broadway shows including The Phantom of the Opera, Urinetown, Dreamgirls, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chicago, and more.

Regionally, his theater work includes music direction in St. Louis, Cleveland, Miami, and of course, Philadelphia. He’s conducted European premieres of The Life, Falsettos, Forever Plaid, Closer Than Ever and others works. As a classical conductor, he has appeared in many national international opera companies, including The Zurich Opera and Berlin State Opera Houses. Dr. Gross has collaborated on new musicals with award-winning composers like Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

Dr. Gross is also the Founder & CEO of, an online resource for musical theater repertoire. Below, Dr. Gross answers some questions about his career, his passions and Philadelphia.

To date, what was your favortie show to work on?


When your birthday and what is your astrology sign?

January 31/Aquarius

You’ve been to Philly before, so what do you think is the most fascinating about the city?

The food.

What’s your favorite color and why?

Blue. It’s serene.

What’s the scariest moment you have ever experienced?

Subway attack in Paris in the 90s.

If you could rewind back to any point in your life, which would that be?  

Working in Paris in the 1990s.

What show do you want to conductor but haven't yet?

Stephen Sondheim musical Anyone Can Whistle

If you could be any celebrity, who would you be and why?

No one.

Who is your favorite musician and why?

Leonard Bernstein. A man of the world.

Sum up in five words.

Get Musical Theater Repertoire Now.

Oranges or Apples?  


 What is your favorite quote from any production?

“I suggest holding your breath…For a very long time” - A Little Night Music

Which animal do you feel describes you the most?


If you were stranded on an island, what three things could you not live without?

Beethoven, Kafka, Chocolate

Dr. Gross is the music director for Temple Theaters upcoming productions Chicago and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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