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Deborah Stein

Playwriting Faculty


Deborah Stein is a playwright, director, teacher, and Co-Artistic Director of Stein | Holum Projects (SHP), a collaborative laboratory for creating new performances. With SHP she has written and co-directed CHIMERA (created in residence at HERE, where it premiered in the 2012 Under the Radar Festival; subsequently nominated for a Drama Desk Award) and THE WHOLEHEARTED (commission from ArtsEmerson, recipient of a 2015 National Theatre Project award from the New England Foundation for the Arts). SHP has workshopped new works at Philadelphia FringeArts, Kelly Strayhorn, Playwrights’ Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and at Perry-Mansfield. Deborah’s other plays include HEIST! (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival commission) GOD SAVE GERTRUDE (Workhaus Collective, Theatre @ Boston Court), WALLFLOWER (Stages Repertory Theatre), and BONE PORTRAITS (Stillpoint Productions, Live Girls, ASU). Deborah has created collaborative original work with artists such as Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand, Lear deBessonet, and most frequently the Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom she collaborated since 2000 on six original works. Her writing has been published in Theatre Forum, Play: A Journal of Plays, and The Best American Poetry of 1996. Deborah has taught writing and theatrical collaboration at Yale School of Drama, NYU/Tisch, Princeton, Northeastern, St. Olaf, and Parsons. Deborah received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MFA from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the NYSCA, the Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrights’ Center, and is a proud alumna of New Dramatists. Creative projects at UCSD include co-creating and directing THE BITTER GAME by MFA actor Keith Wallace for the 2015 La Jolla Playhouse/UCSD Without Walls Festival and writing and creating MOVERS + SHAKERS with MFA students for Winter 2016.


MFA, Brown University


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