Wayne Miller is an actor, designer and director with credits in stage, film and television. He made his stage debut in performance artist Stephen Varble's absurdist staging of The Immaculate Consternation, followed by various roles in Pfeiffer's People under the direction of Broadway producer Claire Nichtern.
Since then he has appeared in more than 60 stage shows in the New York metropolitan area. Perhaps best known for musical theater, he has appeared as Chuck Baxter in Promises, Promises, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes, Sam in Shenandoah, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun, Macheath in The Threepenny Opera, Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, Warbucks in Annie, Peron in Evita, Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel, Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Ben Stone in Follies, and Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
On dramatic stages he has been Richard in The Lion in Winter, Oliver in Da, Hastings in Richard III, Banquo in MacBeth, John Proctor in The Crucible, Doc in Mr. Roberts, Joe Keller in All My Sons, Gene Glimmer in Sideman, Max Prince in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit The Wind.
He has been a featured vocalist in concert appearances with symphonic orchestra's in salutes to Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim, and was the host and moderator for the SI Composer's Project, a live concert featuring Galt Macdermot (Hair, Two Gentlemen of Verona), Vernon Reid (Living Colour) and David Johanson (New York Dolls, Buster Poindexter) that became an on-demand video event. He also appears in cabaret entertainments with his wife, musician and conducter, Donna D'Ermilio.
He has appeared on the classic daytime drama, The Guiding Light and in the feature film Tongs: A Chinatown Story.
For 12 years he was the host of Time Warner Cable's award winning academic game show, Cranial Crunch, seen daily in New York City and on the New York State Educational Network.
Not content to simply perform he has created scenery and lighting for stage and video. His scenic designs have ranged from Oklahoma! and Chicago to The Miser and Night of the Iguana (among many others). His greatest challenge was Katy Manning's one woman show, Not a Well Woman, where he surrounded the actress with flying lingerie in the Oak Room of the Legendary Tavern on the Green in New York City.
He has designed lighting for scores of shows such as Into The Woods, Rumors, The Nutcracker, A Midsummer's Night Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and the American premiere of Stephen King's Misery. Most recently, he designed a special production of Chazz Palminteri's one man show, A Bronx Tale. He has designed concert lighting for artists as varied as Judy Collins, Alan King, Chuck Mangione and Ingrid Michaelson.
He produced (and designed the lighting for) the New York premiere of The Blue Angel, a musical noir.
He recently designed and directed a site specific staging of Saul Levitt's Civil War courtroom drama, The Andersonville Trial.He designed and directed the New York premiere of Steven Dietz's comic thriller YANKEE TAVERN. He designed and directed a sold-out run of To Kill a Mockingbird in a site specific staging in the 3rd County Courthouse in Historic Richmond Town, a living museum dedicated to the American experience.
He is currently the Producing Artistic Director of The Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre, a 36 year old showcase company based in his home town.
He is an award winning photographer and an accomplished painter. See Wayne Miller's design site: