©Clifton Faust
Steven Bennett
As Leonardo Gaines
Steven Bennett caught the acting bug at the age of 15 in New Rochelle, while doing a play written by his sister for her performance art school Bennett Academy of the Arts. At the age of seventeen he auditioned for a small part in Kevin Kline's movie "The Emperor's Club" and although he was not cast, it helped build his confidence for the road ahead. At 18, Steven's abilities were accepted at The School for Film and Television in Manhattan. The summer before enrolling he spent three months with the late great Tina Sattin, the first acting coach of Denzel Washington, in Mount Vernon, NY.

After two years at SFT, in 2005, Steven was cast in the Jerry Roebuck produced play "Harlem Coffee Shop" which ran at the Beacon theater. After the run Steven was cast in the acclaimed off-broadway play, "Platanos and Collard Greens" as the lead, Freeman. He ended the run with the show in June of 2007. Steven recently played famous author James Baldwin in Arthur Alleyne's "Scribblin' at the Automat." His varied resume includes voiceover work, independent films as well as work on stage. nevets1945@yahoo.com