STEVEN MCCARTHY (Jim) is an award-winning actor, musician, and theatre-maker whose work in various disciplines has been seen across Canada and around the world.
He has played leading roles in feature films for Miramax, Dreamworks, and Columbia Tri-Star. Steven’s recent credits include recurring roles on television series including DEFIANCE for SyFy, COPPER for BBC America, and GOOD GOD for HBO Canada.
The ElastoCitizens, the 10-piece funk rock band for which Steven is the lead singer and co-founder, recently released their second disc, Ep, and have played in festivals such as NXNE and LuminaTO. Their dazzling, high-energy stage-shows have made them a cult favourite on the Toronto music scene where they regularly pack venues such as Lee’s Palace and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern.
In 2009 Steven turned his focus to directing and founded Candles are for Burning, a production company dedicated to “making rock ‘n’ roll like it’s theatre, and theatre like it’s rock ‘n’ roll.” Revisited, a play he co-created, toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim and garnered awards nationwide including Best Actor for Steven’s performance, Best Production of the Year, and Top Ten Productions of the Year nods in NOW Magazine and the Globe and Mail.
After graduating from the prestigious National Theatre School as the sole student in a special one-year version of their directing program, Steven went on to create a series of genre-bending productions. In 2010, he was awarded the Best Director Award for his production of Bliss at the Summerworks Festival. His recent work includes directing and designing a guerrilla theatre treatment of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love in a downtown art gallery, writing a new adaptation of La Ronde with acclaimed poet Evie Christie, co-creating the trapeze dance piece Malaria Lullaby, translating the hit Quebecois play 5 Visages pour Camille Brunelle, directing the Toronto premiere of Neil Labute’s Reasons to be Pretty and starring in Necessary Angel’s controversial Andromache, a world premiere at the LuminaTO Festival.