Stef Tovar is an award winning professional actor with over twenty-five years in the business. Stef has lived and worked in both Los Angeles and Chicago, where he currently resides. He founded the Route 66 Theatre Company in 2008 with its inaugural production of ON AN AVERAGE DAY, playing the role of Jack in both Los Angeles and Chicago and is the company’s Artistic Director. Currently for Route 66, Stef will play Don in the Chicago premiere of Halley Feiffer's A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT MEMORIAL SLOAN-KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY, directed by Keira Fromm (August 24th through September 23rd) and then reprise his role as Nolan in William Donnelly's NO WAKE, directed by Veronica Brady at 59E59 Theaters in New York City (September 28th through October 15th). Other Route 66 roles include Nolan in NO WAKE in both Chicago and Los Angeles; Miller in the critically acclaimed production of THE DOWNPOUR at Greenhouse Theater Center (nominated for five 2015 Jeff Awards including Best Production); Rob in the Chicago premiere of the musical HIGH FIDELITY and Noah in the world premiere of A TWIST OF WATER, which had a sold-out run in Chicago before transferring Off-Broadway to 59E59 Theaters in New York. Stef played Edward Bloom in the Midwest regional premiere of BIG FISH at Theatre at the Center and recently played Cookie in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. Stef has played the role of Peter Stossel in Mercury Theater Chicago’s production of THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER the past three years and will reprise his role in 2017. He was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical as Luther Billis in SOUTH PACIFIC at the Marriott Theatre in 2013. Some of Stef's other Chicago credits include Franz in APPROPRIATE at Victory Gardens directed by Gary Griffin; Harold Hill in the critically acclaimed Paramount Theatre production of THE MUSIC MAN directed by Rachel Rockwell; Bernard in BOEING BOEING directed by Dennis Zacek at Drury Lane Theatre; Jeffrey Skilling in ENRON for TimeLine Theatre; Kenneth Tally Jr. in FIFTH OF JULY for Oak Park Festival Theatre; David O’ Selznick in MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS at Fox Valley Rep, as well as shows at Chicago Shakespeare, Northlight, American Blues and Apple Tree Theatre, where he won a Jeff Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Vinal in BLADE TO THE HEAT, also directed by Gary Griffin. His Los Angeles credits include George in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Jamie in THE LAST FIVE YEARS (L.A. premiere); Homer in FLOYD COLLINS (L.A. premiere) and Che in a national tour of EVITA. Film credits include Kenny in EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH directed by Mitch Rouse, with Matt Dillon, Steve Zahn and Christina Applegate--which premiered at Sundance in 2004; Dan in the award winning THE GYMNAST, directed by Ned Farr and CONTAGION, directed by Steven Soderbergh, giving some very bad news to Matt Damon as Dr. Arrington. Upcoming films include OLYMPIA, THE UNTITLED BOBBY ROBERTS PROJECT with Fred Willard and WIDOWS directed by Steve McQueen with Colin Farrell. On television, Stef was seen as Daniel Schwartz the premiere season of CHICAGO FIRE and Gary on BOSS. Stef is represented by Gray Talent and is the proud father of Sam.