Stanley Bahorek was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Thomas Worthington High School. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA and is now an actor, director, producer, and coach in New York City and Los Angeles.

He made his Broadway debut in Rachel Sheinkin & William Finn's Tony Award-winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Leaf Coneybear directed by James Lapine. He toured the country with the  DeafWest revival of Big River and played Tom Sawyer at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. 

Dedicated to new works and collaborative theatre-making, he is an original cast member of more than twenty world premiere plays and musicals. As a result, has had the good fortune to work with some of the greatest writers, directors, and actors working today. He appeared Off-Broadway in the Drama Desk Award-winning See Rock City & Other Destinations written by Adam Mathias and Brad Alexander and directed by Jack Cummings III, Michael John LaChiusa's Queen of the Mist starring Mary Testa, February House written by Gabriel Kahane and Seth Bockley and directed by Davis McCallum at The Public Theatre playing Benjamin Britten, The Explorers Club written by Nell Benjamin and directed by Marc Bruni at Manhattan Theatre Club, and in the new play Inventing Avi by Benjamin Feldman and Robert Cary and directed by Mark Waldrop at Abingdon Theatre.  Most recently he created more than a dozen characters for the world premiere of Ken Ludwig's new play Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery debuting at Arena Stage in Washington, DC and The McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey garnering rave reviews:

…stealing his every scene, Stanley Bahorek stands out for his superbly idiosyncratic characters and comic timing. This is an actor who knows exactly when to mug for the audience and when to forward the drama, whether in comic mode or otherwise. His other talent: simultaneously giving the mainstream crowd what they want while slipping in some much funnier and more irreverent humor for the rabble.
— Metro Weekly DC

He can be heard on the original cast recordings of February House, See Rock CIty & Other Destinations, Honk!, The Peacock Who Complained To Juno and Queen of the Mist.

Regionally, he played Mozart in Peter Shaffer's Amadeus at The Alley Theatre directed by Jonathan Moscone, and Candide in Leonard Bernstein's Candide at The 5th Avenue Theatre directed by artistic director David Armstrong. For Candide he was awarded a Seattle Footlight Award. For his performance as "Bill Gates" in the new musical Nerds he was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actor. He was nominated for a Bay Area Critics Circle Award for his performance as "Leaf Coneybear" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and for his performance as "Henrik" in A Little Night Music he was awarded the Dean Goodman Award.  He has performed with more than a dozen other theatre companies across the U.S. including The Kennedy Center, The Alley Theatre, The 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh CLO, Paper Mill Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Co, The Engeman, NC Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, TheatreWorks of Palo Alto, Weston Playhouse, Goodspeed Opera House, Syracuse Stage, and Music Theatre of Wichita - where he earned his Equity membership over the course of three summers.

Internationally, he has appeared in concert in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban, South Africa as well as in Tokyo and London. 

As a teacher, he has taught masterclasses and workshops in New York, San Francisco and Cape Town. He is the resident acting teacher for The Broadway Conservatory of US Performing Arts in New York City.  In 2008 and 2009 he was a founding member of Broadway in South Africa and alongside ten other Broadway performers traveled to South Africa to teach and perform.

In the fall of 2014, he made his HBO debut in Boardwalk Empire.  He has also appeared on Law & Order: CI and the webseries Submissions Only

In 2013 he made his directing debut with the world premiere of Act Normal by Suzanne Dottino; a funny and twisted new play about twin brothers who poison their nanny and then totally freak out.  Produced by Senses Askew Company in New York City, the work featured a collaboration between hearing and deaf theatre makers including Tad Cooley, Erez Rose, and artistic directors Alexandria Wailes & John McGinty.

Stanley offers a unique one-stop-shop as acting coach, vocal coach and accompanist, who is able to prepare actors for a wide range of auditions - from Broadway musical to TV pilot.  His professional clients have booked TV shows, Broadway shows, and lead roles with the country's finest theatre companies.  His students have been accepted into programs ranging from NYU to The University of Michigan. 

He lives in Brooklyn with his partner, theatre director Ethan Heard.


New Works

  • Ken Ludwig's BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY directed by Amanda Dehnert
  • February House by Gabriel Kahane & Seth Bockley directed by Davis McCallum
  • Queen of The Mist by Michael John LaChiusa directed by Jack Cummings III
  • See Rock City & Other Destinations by Adam Mathias & Brad Alexander directed by Jack Cummings III
  • Up in the Air by Henry Krieger and Bill Russell directed by Amon Miyamoto, opposite Lillias White 
  • The Giver by Scott Murphy & Nathan Christensen directed by Pam Berlin, opposite Terrence Mann
  • The Nine Fathers of Ariel by Michael John LaChiusa, directed by Graciela Daniele
  • Inventing Avi by Benjamin Feldman & Robert Cary directed by Mark Waldrop
  • C'mon Get Happy: The Partridge Family Musical by Troy Britton Johnson directed by Jessica Stone
  • Emma by Paul Gordon directed by Jeff Calhoun
  • Honeymoon in Vegas by Jason Robert Brown & Andrew Bergman directed by Gary Griffin
  • The Peacock Who Complained To Juno by Joseph Church & Sheldon Harnick, opposite Mary Testa
  • Nerds by Erik Weiner, Jordan Allen-Dutton & Hal Goldberg directed my Marc Bruni & Casey Hushion
  • And Away We Go by Terrence McNally directed by Jack Cummings III
  • Amazing Grace by Chris Smith and Arthur Giron directed by Gabriel Barre                                                
  • Saint Ex by Jenny Giering and Sean directed by Kent Thompson                                                      
  • Mormons Mothers and Monsters by Sam Salmond & Will Aronson directed by Adrienne Cambell-Holt 
  • Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon directed by Matt Toronto                                                                        
  • Happy Days by Garry Marshall & Paul Williams directed by Gordon Greenberg                                        
  • Mock Your World by Andrew Byrne directed by Andrew Neisler and Lee Kasper                                                                                                           
  • The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin directed by Marc Bruni                                                                  
  • Wood by Juliane Wick Davis and Dan Collins directed by Thomas Caruso 

Original Cast Albums

February House   


See Rock City


Queen of the Mist



The Peacock Who Complained To Juno