Stephanie Walker


Stephanie is an award-winning playwright committed to radical truth-telling in her work. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, the personalization of the political, the complexity of human emotions and the exploration and dramatization of the strength of women. Her full-length plays include The Madres (Winner of the 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, O'Neill Finalist, NNPN Rolling World Premiere 2018,) The Abuelas (Antaues Theatre Company - Los Angeles and Teatro Vista- Chicago Tribune Critic's pick 2019,) Friends With Guns (O'Neill Finalist, Shared World Premiere - Chapel Theatre Collective/The Road Theatre/Uprising Theatre 2019,) The Art of Disappearing (Primus Prize Finalist, 16th Street Theater 2015,) American Home (Little Candle Productions 2017,) The Sister House, The Box Jumper and The Ordeal of Water. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Teatro Vista, New York Theatre Workshop, Inkwell Theater, Chicago Dramatists, 16th Street Theater, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Little Candle Productions, San Diego Rep, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Honors include: Winner of the American Theatre Critics Association's 2019 Francesca Primus Prize, Two-time Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, 2016 NNPN Showcase, 2018 NNPN Showcase finalist, Winner of Chicago's American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Award, winner of the 2016 Generations Prize, winner of Valley Theatre Awards Best Play of the Year for Friends With Guns, finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, two-time finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, finalist for the 2016 Primus Prize Award, Four-time Finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award. Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus and have been produced all over the world. Stephanie is also the author of the book and blog, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE which has been called “A heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and was featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Dramatists Guild and the Antaeus Playwrights Lab and HONOR ROLL! -- an action and advocacy group of women+ playwrights over forty whose aim is to significantly increase our inclusion and representation on stage and in the theatrical canon.