New Muses is devastated to learn of the passing of Steve Gallion. Steve was a phenomenal actor and valued company member who brought tremendous energy and dedication to every performance. We were lucky enough to work with Steve as Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, the Father is Six Characters in Search of an Author, and Orgon in last summer’s Tartuffe. That list alone shows the versatility Steve was able to bring to the stage. Managing Artistic Director Niclas Olson shared the following thoughts, “It was always a pleasure to direct Steve, his determination as he tackled truly difficult roles was phenomenal. One conversation, which we actually had in various forms several times, always stands out to me when I think about Steve. He was able to articulate so well why we, as professional artists, would choose to work in fringe theatre. He talked about the value of 'the opportunity to act,' and expressed his joy and satisfaction in being able to pursue his craft, no matter where that might be. I will always be grateful that for a short time he chose to pursue it with us. I have lost a friend and artistic collaborator who understood the ‘why’ of New Muses in a way that few people really do, and it is impossible to put into words what that meant to me.” What many people may not know is how supportive Steve was behind the scenes. He was a tireless recruiter to bring actors into the fold, even on shows he wasn’t performing in, and to fill the seats of our small theater. His work on stage, film, and in the community leaves a powerful legacy. We don’t have a marquee to dim, but all of our logos will be dimmed across social media and the internet for the next week in Steve’s honor. Our thoughts are with Steve’s family, friends, and colleagues throughout this difficult time. Steve: You will be missed, thank you for everything.