“And Stephanie Bertumen: Wow.” -John Olive, How Was the Show?
“...Bertumen, also gifted, is less widely known, but that seems likely to change soon. Here, she’s perfectly cast in a role that employs both sympathetic spunk and tragic depth.” -Jay Gabler, City Pages
Jesus Christ Superstar
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Flower Drum Song
Park Square Theatre / Mu Performing Arts co-production
"Stephanie Bertumen also provides a believably youthful, wide-eyed naivete as ingenue Mei-Li." -Davidand Chelsea Bergland, How Was the Show?
"Neither Stephanie Bertumen as Mei-Li nor Sherwin Resurreccion as Wang are AEA members (yet) but carry their lead roles with conviction. Bertumen has a sweet singing voice." -BWW Review
"Bertumen conveys Mei-Li's simplicity, her pride in her heritage, her integrity, and a tenderness in her love that win us over from the start." -Arthur Dorman, Regional Reviews Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Bertumen is positively luminous as Mei-Li, the true believer who provides the story's moral and emotional center." -JayGabler, City Pages
The Last Firefly
Children's Theatre Company
tot: The Untold, Yet Spectacular Story of (a Filipino) Hulk Hogan
Mu Performing Arts
"Stephanie Bertumen plays younger sister Kitty, believably teeter-tottering between eager playmate and heartless tormentor." -Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway
Complicated Fun: the Minneapolis Music Scene
"....Its most human story revolves around a girl (Stephanie Bertumen) who finds her muse and her voice in the club music and record store buzz in Minneapolis, circa 1984. Bertumen’s rendering of the Replacements’ 'Androgynous' near the top of the second act — playing her own guitar — is one of the play’s nicest, most honest moments." -Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
"As the Girl and the Boy, Stephanie Bertumen and Bowen Cochran[e] thrill. -John Olive, How Was the Show?
"Bertumen excels as the plucky 'girl', embodying so many of the young women who dreamed of being onstage." -Rebecca Marx, Rift
"...Hua Mulan tells the truth about why she’s the only princess without a guy, Pocahontas wants to know why her true story got told in such an untrue way, and Princess Badroulbadour (AKA Jasmine) is angry that she’s basically just a prop; all three are played by the bewitching and versatile Stephanie Bertum[e]n." -Liz Byron, Aisle Say Twin Cities
"Stephanie Bertumen slips fantastically from playing a butch Hua Mulan, to an over-sexualized Pocahontas (complete with flying leaves), to a surprisingly second fiddle Princess Badroulbado(u)r (Princess Jasmine in Aladdin)." -Todd O'Dowd, l'etoile
BEHIND THE SCENES
"Flower Drum Song" photos for MPR News article by Marianne Combs 2017 -- photo credit: Evan Frost