Janis Stevens spent her early career in Europe, appearing with Vienna's English Theatre and the International Theatre of Vienna, Austria, playing such roles as Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Sara in A Touch of the Poet, Agnes in Agnes of God, May in Fool for Love, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Elvira in Blithe Spirit.
She made several guest artist recordings for Blue Danube Radio and appeared regularly on television's "Hello Austria, Hello Vienna." Since returning to the States, Janis has been a resident actor with Sierra Repertory Theater in Sonora, California, spent three seasons with the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, five seasons with Maine's Theater at Monmouth and made guest artist appearances with, among others, the "B Street" Theater in Sacramento, Sacramento Theater Company and TheatreWorks of Palo Alto.
Recent credits: Martha/Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Vienna's English Theatre), Cleopatra/Antony and Cleopatra, Beatrice/Much Ado About Nothing, Irene/Idiot's Delight, Mdme. de Merteuil/Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Theater at Monmouth), Lady Macbeth, Amanda/Private Lives (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Hannah/Arcadia (Sacramento Theater Company), Mrs. Alving/Ghosts (Sierra Repertory Theatre).
It was while working together at Sierra Repertory Theater that Janis and playwright Rick Foster developed the idea for Vivien. Last produced at The Magic Theater in San Francisco, Janis received the Bay Area's "Dean Goodman Choice Award" for Solo Performance for that production.