Stephen is the recipient of the 2019 JB Priestley Award for Young Writers of Promise and has won a Developing Your Creating Practice Award from Arts Council England to undertake a writing residency within the Astrophysics Department at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York. He is working alongside world-renowned astrophysicists, led by Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer, on the research and development of a new play.
His most recent play ONE JEWISH BOY was the Old Red Lion Theatre’s smash hit of 2018 and transfers to the West End after a national tour in 2020. The play caused controversy with its themes of rising anti-Semitism and was featured heavily in the national and international press. His equally controversial play RUN recently ended a UK tour at The Bunker Theatre. The play has received widespread critical acclaim since its debut at the Vault Festival and has been nominated for a number of awards. The play tours Benelux in 2019. Stephen was recently on attachment to Headlong Theatre, as part of their new Headstart writers’ programme and has been involved with various theatres in the UK – he is an alumnus of the Royal Court’s Invitational Writers’ Group and has recently been working with the Royal Court and Kudos Film and TV on a crossover theatre/screenwriter programme. He was a member of the Skylines programme at the Hampstead Theatre and part of a series of development workshops with the Young Vic Theatre and SoundBites Theatre. In January 2015, his play, NINE, was part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre. His first full production, SCREENS, opened at Theatre503 in 2016 to rave reviews. He is currently working with the MTC in New York towards the Sloan Commission, and developing a new play with JW3 in London.
His screen work includes the award-winning short film RWD/FWD which recently hit over a million views, original series THE HOBBY – which is in development with Three Tables Television, and SOLVENTS – which is in development with Kudos Film and TV. Previous TV projects include BLACK HILL with Lime Pictures, FORWARD with Blacklisted and TUMBLE with Double M Films.
Prior to life as a writer, Stephen worked as an Associate Producer on a range of critically acclaimed film and TV productions: projects including the Academy Award shortlisted UNKNOWN WHITE MALE and multi-award-winning TOTTENHAM AYATOLLAH. Stephen co-directed short-film RECOMPENSE, which screened at the BFI and was an official selection for the New York Independent Film Festival, where it won Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Directorial Debut in the Short Film Category.
ASSOCIATE WRITER CREDITS
American Museum of Natural History (2019) Writer-in-Residence
Royal Court Theatre/Kudos Film and TV (2017/18) Emerging Writer Programme
Headlong Theatre (2015/2016) HeadStart Programme
Young Vic Theatre (2014) SoundByte Workshops
Hampstead Theatre (2013) SkyLines Project
Black Hill (2013/14) TV Development with Lime Pictures
9 Lives (2015): Arcola Theatre
Forward (2016) TV Development with Blacklisted Films
Screens (2016): Theatre503.
RWD/FWD(2016): Fully Focussed Films
Run (2016-19): Vault Festival, UK tour ending at The Bunker Theatre. European Tour.
The Hobby (2018): TV Development with Three Tables.
One Jewish Boy (2018-2020): Old Red Lion Theatre, Trafalgar Studios (West End Transfer)
RUN – Plays from Vault (2016) Nick Hern Books
RUN – (Single Edition (2017) Nick Hern Books
ONE JEWISH BOY (2018) Nick Hern Books
THREE (2018) Nick Hern Books
awards and accolades.
2019 JB Priestley Award for Writers of Promise (Win)
Off-West End Theatre Awards (Nominated for Best Male and Best Production)
Theatre & Technology Awards (Nominated for Creative Innovation in Sound)
Drum Content Award (Nominated) and 2017 Charity Film Award (Win – Long Form)
New York International Film Festival Best Directorial Debut (Win – Short Form)
New York International Film Festival Best Actor (Win – Short Form)
New York International Film Festival Best Actress (Win – Short Form)
BAFTA (Win) and RTS Award (Win)
UNKNOWN WHITE MALE
Grierson Film Award (Win) Academy Award (Nominated) British Independent Film Award (Nominated) Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo (Nominated) DGA Award (Nominated) Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema (Nominated)
Laughton delivers a powerful vision of where we are at the moment’ Aleks Sierz
★★★★★ THE JEWISH NEWS ★★★★★ LGBTQ ARTS REVIEW
★★★★★ BOYZ ★★★★★ GRUMPY GAY CRITIC
★★★★★ HOMOCULTURE ★★★★★ THEATRE WEEKLY
★★★★ THE GUARDIAN ★★★★ THE STAGE ★★★★ THE TIMES
★★★★ WHAT’S ON STAGE ★★★★ ATTITUDE MAGAZINE
★★★★ REVIEWS HUB ★★★★ THE UPCOMING ★★★★ THEATRE FULL STOP
★★★★ THE LONDON ECONOMIC ★★★★ EVERYTHING THEATRE
★★★★ REVIEWS GATE ★★★★ THEATRE BUBBLE
Highly Recommended EXEUNT MAGAZINE
‘If there’s a tension between sexuality and faith, Laughton’s drama doesn’t depend on bringing that clash to a head.
Run’s not a ‘God or Gays’ play. It’s more complex: an examination of inter-sectional identities’ Matt Trueman
Stephen is a writer whose voice is full of vivacity and brio. We look forward to continuing to engage with him as he develops as an artist. Royal Court Theatre
Stephen is a hard-working, dedicated, talented and creative writer. JW3
Stephen’s work has an incredible rigour and integrity to it and he is someone we are extremely excited about working with in the future. Headlong Theatre
Stephen is a striking, inventive and original writer. I would love to see more of his work and look forward to reading his next play. Arcola Theatre
I’ve always found Stephen to be a passionate, talented, hardworking writer of huge sensitivity. Three Tables.