Stephanie J. Block, a St. Angela’s graduate from the mid-eighties, is an accomplished actress and singer who has had roles on Broadway, regional theaters, television and film.
Her professional career began with regional theater roles in musicals such as Bells Are Ringing, Crazy for You, Funny Girl and James Joyce’s The Dead. Her career on Broadway began as an understudy for Idina Menzel’s role of Elphaba in Wicked, but she quickly accepted a lead role in the Broadway musical The Boy from Oz, based on the life of Peter Allen. Stephanie played the role of Liza Minnelli and the musical was a hit, receiving many Tony Award nominations. After The Boy from Oz concluded, she toured with Wicked around the country as Elphaba and was awarded the Helen Hayes Award and Carbonell Award for Best Acress in a Non-Resident Production. Most recently, Stephanie played Trina in the Broadway revival of Falsettos and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Her performances earned rave reviews and many critics agree that this was Stephanie’s best performance yet.
In the world of television, Stephanie has been on many talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, Entertainment Tonight, CMT Insider and Good Day New York. Her television roles include Francine Max on Orange is the New Black, Patricia Cooper on Homeland and the narrator on James Marshall’s Cinderella.