Simon Stephens

Simon Stephens (born 6 February 1971) is an English playwright, and Professor of Scriptwriting at Manchester Metropolitan University. Having taught on the Young Writers' Programme at the Royal Court Theatre for many years, he is now an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith. He is the inaugural Associate Playwright of Steep Theatre Company, Chicago, where four of his plays, Harper Regan, Motortown, Wastwater, and Birdland had their U.S. premieres.[1][2][3] His writing is widely performed throughout Europe and, along with Dennis Kelly and Martin Crimp, he is one of the most performed English-language writers in Germany.[4]

Simon Stephens
Born (1971-02-06) 6 February 1971 (age 50)
Manchester, England
OccupationPlaywright
NationalityBritish
SpousePolly Heath

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LifeEdit

Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester,[5] Stephens graduated from the University of York with a degree in History.[6] After university, he lived in Edinburgh for several years, where he met his future wife Polly, before later completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education. He worked as a teacher for a few years, before quitting to become a professional playwright. In 2017, Simon Stephens was appointed to a Professorship at the Manchester School of Writing, at Manchester Metropolitan University.

He was a member of Scottish art punk band Country Teasers.

He lives in London with his wife and three children.

PlaysEdit

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Steep Theatre Opens 13th Season with Simon Stephens' MOTORTOWN Premiere Tonight". broadwayworld.com. BMW News Desk. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  2. ^ Jones, Chris. "'Wastwater' plumbs depths of human despair". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Steep Theatre's 2017-18 Season Includes New Simon Stephens Play". AMERICAN THEATRE. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  4. ^ Haydon, Andrew (21 May 2015). "Going Deutsch: Britain and Germany's theatre exchange". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Simon Stephens: Stockport state of mind". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  6. ^ Salt, Nathan (5 October 2016). "Stockport playwright Simon Stephens inspires Salford students with school visit". Salford Now. Salford Now. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  7. ^ Tanaka, Nobuko (3 January 2020). "'Fortune' updates Faust's devilish deal". The Japan Times. Tokyo, Japan: The Japan Times, Ltd. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  8. ^ "'A Love Letter to Brexit Britain,' Simon Stephens' 'Rage' Premieres at RWCMD". Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  9. ^ "UWTSD Students to perform Simon Stephens' Rage". University of Wales Trinity Saint David. University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Retrieved 26 May 2021.
  10. ^ "'Obsession' Review: Jude Law Stars in London – Variety". variety.com. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  11. ^ "The Threepenny Opera | National Theatre". nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  12. ^ Heisenberg lortel.org, accessed 3 February 2016
  13. ^ Gardner, Lynn. "'Song from Far Away' review – Simon Stephens sneaks a late emotional punch" The Guardian, 6 September 2015
  14. ^ "Carmen Disruption", Deutsches Schauspielhaus, 2014
  15. ^ "Blindsided", Royal Exchange Theatre, 2014
  16. ^ "Birdland", Royal Court Theatre, 2014
  17. ^ "London", Salisbury Playhouse, 2012, archived from the original on 28 July 2012
  18. ^ "Morning", Lyric Hammersmith, 2012, archived from the original on 19 July 2012
  19. ^ "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time", Royal Court Theatre, 2012
  20. ^ "A Doll's House", Young Vic, 2012, archived from the original on 17 July 2012
  21. ^ "A Doll's House", Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2014
  22. ^ "Three Kingdoms", Theatre NO99, 2011, archived from the original on 11 January 2012
  23. ^ "Three Kingdoms", Lyric Theatre, 2011, archived from the original on 8 December 2011
  24. ^ "I Am The Wind", Young Vic, 2011, archived from the original on 13 January 2015
  25. ^ "Wastwater", Royal Court Theatre, 2011
  26. ^ "The Trial of Ubu", Hampstead Theatre, 2012, archived from the original on 25 November 2011
  27. ^ "T5", Picture House, 2010
  28. ^ "A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky", Lyric Hammersmith, 2010, archived from the original on 4 June 2012
  29. ^ "Marine Parade", ETT, 2010
  30. ^ "Punk Rock", Royal Exchange Theatre, 2009, archived from the original on 7 October 2011
  31. ^ "Sea Wall", Bush Theatre, 2008, archived from the original on 11 January 2012
  32. ^ Walker, Lynne (2007), "Pornography Review", The Independent, London
  33. ^ "Harper Regan", National Theatre, 2007, archived from the original on 27 September 2011
  34. ^ "Motortown", Royal Court Theatre, 2006
  35. ^ "Premieres; On the Shore of the Wide World" (PDF), Royal Exchange Theatre, 2005, archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2012
  36. ^ "Country Music", Royal Court Theatre, 2004
  37. ^ "Christmas", Bush Theatre, 2004, archived from the original on 11 January 2012
  38. ^ "One Minute", ATC, 2003
  39. ^ Hickling, Alfred (14 November 2002), "Port Review", The Guardian, London
  40. ^ "Herons", Royal Court Theatre, 2001
  41. ^ "Bluebird", Royal Court Theatre, 1998
  42. ^ "'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' Broiadway" playbillvault.com, accessed 3 February 2016
  43. ^ "Olivier Awards, 2013" olivierawards.com, accessed 3 February 2016
  44. ^ "Evening Standard theatre awards" standard.co.uk, 9 November 2009
  45. ^ "Awards 2010" uktheatre.org, accessed 3 February 2016
  46. ^ "Awards, 2008-09" criticsawards.theatrescotland.com, accessed 3 February 2016
  47. ^ "Olivier Awards, 2006" olivierawards.com, accessed 3 February 3016

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