Stephen Brown is a playwright, dramaturg, and creative writing tutor. He has given creative feedback to scores of creative writing students and professional writers. His approach is sympathetic, detailed, and creative: he aims not just to point out problems but also to suggest fruitful new directions.
Stephen’s play Dr Semmelweis, an epic tale of 19th-century medical discovery, written with and starring Mark Rylance and directed by Tom Morris, premiered at Bristol Old Vic in January 2022. Occupational Hazards, his adaptation of Rory Stewart’s memoir of his time governing in Iraq, was produced on the main stage at Hampstead Theatre and broadcast on Radio 4. His play Future Me was performed at Theatre503, toured the UK and had further productions in Berkeley, California and at New York’s Public Theater. He scripted Filter Theatre’s Faster, which was performed at BAC, around the UK and at 59E59 in New York. He has been dramaturg for four dance shows by Clod Ensemble and Lost Dog. He is currently co-adapting his short story Ishmael into a film for Dog Rose Productions.
I am particularly excited to have Stephen on the Writing Coach team as I have chosen him as my own mentor, as I complete my first play. Stephen is incredibly knowledgeable about the genre and is a brilliant and astute teacher; I cannot recommend him highly enough to aspiring playwrights – Jacqui Lofthouse
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Stephen’s patient, thoughtful approach put me at ease from the start. His extensive knowledge of theatre-making and what goes into a successful play was invaluable. His comments not only helped me to think freshly about the work we discussed, they sparked real changes in my writing process. Thanks to his guidance and encouragement, I now have a much firmer sense of what I need to do to evolve as a writer. Anne Rouse