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 prestigious Astrophysics Department of the American Museum for Natural History in New York City, working alongside a team of pre-eminent Astrophysicists including Dr. Rebecca Oppenheimer, Dr. Neil De Grasse Tyson, Dr. Steven Soter and Dr. Jacqueline Faherty.
Stephen’s most recent play ONE JEWISH BOY transferred into London's West End in spring 2020, where it was once again met with critical acclaim. The play found initial success at the Old Red Lion in December 2018/ January 2019. The theatre's smash hit of the year, the play had the fastest and highest recorded pre-sales in the theatre's entire history. A critical and commercial hit too, the play is available to screen on JW3-TV in June 2020. His play THREE, a response to Caryl Churchill’s SEVEN JEWISH CHILDREN, was performed at a special Gala performance in January 2019. The play, alongside ONE JEWISH BOY, has attracted significant controversy due to its subject-mounting anti-Semitism, and has featured heavily in both national and international press due to the attacks on both the production and the playwright. His 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 toured Europe in 2019 and opens in Melbourne in January 2021.
RWD/FWD, a short film written by Stephen and commissioned by the GOOD Agency for The Restorative Justice Council has been nominated for a Drum Content Award. The film won best Longform Short in the 2017 Charity Film Awards and has reached nearly two-millions views. His short film HIRAETH, is currently in post.
In August 2016, his debut play, SCREENS, opened at Theatre503 to rave reviews. Stephen was recently on attachment to Headlong Theatre, as part of their new Headstart writers’ programme. Stephen has been involved with various theatres in the UK – he is an alumnus of the Royal Court’s Invitational Writers’ Group, the Skylines programme, at the Hampstead Theatre and he was part of a series of development workshops with the Young Vic Theatre and SoundBites. In January 2015, his play, NINE, was part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre.
Stephen is adapting ONE JEWISH BOY into a feature film, and working on a second feature, HIRAETH for emerging director Ryan Andrews, based on his short film of the same name. For television he has had a number of series in development, he worked with Lime Pictures on an original series BLACK HILL, TUMBLE for Double M Films, THE HOBBY with Three Tables, and SOLVENTS with Endemol/Shine.
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 a short-film RECOMPENSE, which screened at the BFI and was an official selection for the New York Independent Film Festival
ASSOCIATE WRITER CREDITS
American Museum of Natural History (2019-2021) 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
THREE (2018) Nick Hern Books
ONE JEWISH BOY (2018/2020) 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
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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.