A little background
My name is Stephanie Bertumen, and I am an actor/singer/dancer. I was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Salt Lake City area.
After high school I moved to Minneapolis to pursue my undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota.
In the BA Theatre Arts Program, I focused on performance in physical theater and collaboratively-devised work. During my sophomore year of college, I re-auditioned for and was accepted into the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. This changed my life.
The third year of the Program included a semester of study in London. Globe Education courses, performing on the Globe stage, and classes at the London International School of Performing Arts gave me new approaches to my craft. This experience abroad gave me space and time away from the well-established expectations of who I was and what I was capable of, which allowed me to venture into undeveloped territory in myself as a person and as an artist. I graduated summa cum laude with distinction with my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting in 2014.
Stephanie considers herself fortunate to spend most of her time in one of the most vibrant theater scenes in the U.S., found in the Twin Cities. She has enjoyed working with such theaters as Theater Mu, History Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and The Old Globe in San Diego, among others.
Her experience ranges from musicals…to texts of classical stature; to on-camera and voice-over work; as well as participating in the development of new theatrical works. As the guest choreographer for Chaska High School’s production of “The Great Gatsby” Stephanie employed her love for dance as well as her love for teaching. She served as the choreographer for Old Log Theatre’s 2019 production of “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.”
Firm in her Catholic faith, she serves as a cantor at The Basilica of Saint Mary, the co-cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the most renowned composers and musicians of all time, is quoted as having professed, “I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” Stephanie believes that the talents and passions she has are from God and that any art she creates is thanks to Him. She is desirous of following wherever the Holy Spirit leads.
Ms. Bertumen treasures her mentors, namely: Randy Reyes, one of her very first influences and someone who continues to be an invaluable guide; and the late Ken Washington who gave Stephanie the chance to live her dream. She is also deeply grateful to her family…and dedicates her work to the memory of her mother.
Mom, thank you for being my best friend on this journey. I love you boundlessly. Infinitely.