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)
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)
Stephen’s new play, ONE JEWISH BOY, opens at the Old Red Lion in December 2018. He has recently been commissioned to write a pilot script for THE HOBBY, a new original television series exploring Insta-travel culture. His play 6EQUENCE received a staged reading at JW3 in October 2017, with a full production planned for 2019. His short play THE BIGGEST TARANTINO FAN IN THE WORLD opened the Vault Festival’s new lunchtime programme in February 2018. Stephen has recently been working with the Royal Court Theatre and Kudos Film and Television as part of an emerging writers group, and in spring 2017, his play RUN ended a tour at The Bunker Theatre. RUN has received widespread critical acclaim since it opened at the Vault Festival in 2016, and was nominated for two Off-West End Theatre awards and a Theatre and Technology Award.
His 2016 short film RWD/FWD, has been nominated for a Drum Content Award and won the 2017 Long Form Charity Film Award. In August 2016, Stephen’s play, SCREENS opened at Theatre503 to widespread critical acclaim. He was recently on attachment to Headlong Theatre, as part of their new Headstart writers’ programme. In January 2015, his play, NINE, was part of the PlayWROUGHT#3 Festival at the Arcola Theatre. 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. His first play MARINA ABRAMOVIC IS STARING AT ME opened Terra Firma Theatre’s 2011-12 Boxcar Reading Series in New York at the Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh, before transferring to the Cell Theatre in Manhattan.
Stephen is developing a feature film script for emerging director Ryan Andrew’s second feature film, AFTER FOREVER; a follow-up to his successful debut ELFIE HOPKINS: CANNIBAL HUNTER. For television, he has worked with Lime Pictures on an original series BLACK HILL, with Blacklisted on FORWARD, Double M Films on TUMBLE and written episodes of returning TV series, CLOUD 9.
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 a 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. He directed BALLOON at the Southwark Theatre in January 2016.
ASSOCIATE WRITER CREDITS
- Royal Court Theatre/Kudos Film and TV (2017) Emerging Writer Programme
- Headlong Theatre (2015/2016) HeadStart Programme
- Young Vic Theatre (2014) SoundByte Workshops
- Hampstead Theatre (2013) HeadLines Project
- Royal Court Theatre (2012) Studio Group
- Marina Abramović is Staring at Me (2011): Terra Firma Theatre
- Black Hill (2013/14) TV Development with Lime Pictures
- 9 (Lives)(2015): PlayWROUGHT#3 at the Arcola Theatre
- Forward (2016) TV Development with Blacklisted Films
- Run (2015/16): Southwark Playhouse, JW3, Vault Festival
- Screens (2016): Theatre503.
- RWD/FWD (2016): Fully Focussed Films
- Run (2017): UK tour ending at The Bunker Theatre.
- Tumble (2017) Double M Films
- The Biggest Tarantino Fan in the World (2018) Vault Festival
- Dirty F*cking Jew (2018) Southwark Playhouse/ORL
- The Hobby (2018) Three Tables
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