Producer / Director / Oral Historian / Documentarian / Shakespearean / Educator
Entrepreneur / Musicologist / Sound Engineer / Photographer / Radio Host
Steve Rowland has spent a career using music, theater and art as windows to explore issues in American history, society, race relations, human creativity, spirituality, aesthetic beauty, the nature of change and human possibility. Rowland has won nearly every major award in broadcasting including 2 Peabody Awards, The Prix Italia, The CPB, & The Ohio State Award and was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His work is in the permanent collections of The Library of Congress and The Museum of Television and Radio. He has received 10 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, 5 major grants from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His work has been heard on over 700 radio stations in the US and on networks in Europe, Australia and South Africa.
Rowland has taught at Columbia University, teaches Shakespeare workshops in prisons, has lectured at dozens of schools and universities, and is past President of AIR (1998-2004), The Association of Independent Radio Producers, a national organization and was in charge of the AIR Mentoring Program. He also created and hosted one of the country’s first World Music radio programs 1980-1984.
Rowland has interviewed hundreds of musicians, writers, and others, including Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Betty Carter, Lester Bowie, Cachao, Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick, Stephen Sondheim, Mstislav Rostropovich, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Ahmet Ertegun, Leslie Uggams, Marin Alsop, Comden & Green, Joni Mitchell, Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra, and many, many others.
He has conducted over 240 interviews (audio and video) about the world of Shakespeare now, and was the lead interviewer for the Globe To Globe Shakespeare Festival in April, 2012.
Rowland received an MBA from Columbia University in 2001.
You can reach Steve at: CultureWorks@mac.com