Stephen Mendel also has a busy career doing voice overs for many radio and television commercials as well as doing documentary narration. He is the voice of Splinter the ninja master rat on the FOX live-action series “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation.”
In 1999 he decided to complete his Master’s Degree in Theatre and received an MFA from California State University, Long Beach in June of 2001. While there he taught acting, theatre history and audition techniques and studied voice, movement, theatre analysis and criticism and continued to perform frequently on stage.
In 2003 he became an accredited scuba diving instructor taking the grueling 14-week L.A. County Underwater Instructor’s program.
Stephen recently completed filming on “CEO”, a major feature directed by Wu Tian Ming (most noted for his films, The King of Masks and The Old Well), which took him to China (twice), Paris, New York and South Carolina. Stephen has a chameleon like ability to completely change his appearance and is often virtually unrecognizable from one role to the next.
Off-stage – camera, Stephen plays the guitar and sings with a group of folk musicians at fundraisers, charitable events and just for fun. He skies, teaches scuba diving, runs, backpacks, bicycles and practices the obscure martial art of aiki-jutsu*.
*From Wikipedia: Aiki-jūjutsu is a form of jujutsu which emphasizes "an early neutralization of an attack." Like other forms of jujutsu, it emphasizes throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively control, subdue or injure an attacker.
Stephen Mendel while at Vanier in the 70s
Stephen is seen at the far right playing Goldberg in the Vanier College production of Harold Pinter's "The Birthday Party" from 1972. (BTW, that's current Vanier employee Denis Lafontaine at lower left playing the role of Stanley!)