Stephanie Alison Walker

Stephanie Alison Walker

Stephanie is a Chicago-bred and L.A.-based award-winning playwright. Her plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, Moving Arts, The...
Stephanie is a Chicago-bred and L.A.-based award-winning playwright. Her plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, Moving Arts, The Blank Theatre, American Blues Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award, the Generations Prize, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus. Her play about the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, The Madres, was one of six plays presented at the 2016 NNPN New Play Showcase in December. 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, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Chicago Dramatists Network Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild of America. She lives in Los Angeles with her brilliant husband Bob and their spirited sons, Malcolm (6) and Graham (3.)

Plays

  • THE MADRES
    *Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights *Winner 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival *Runner-Up Jane Chambers Playwriting Award *Finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater's 2016 New Works Festival *Finalist for the 2016 O'Neill Playwrights Conference *Winner of Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest *Finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize *...
    *Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights *Winner 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival *Runner-Up Jane Chambers Playwriting Award *Finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater's 2016 New Works Festival *Finalist for the 2016 O'Neill Playwrights Conference *Winner of Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest *Finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize *Finalist for the 2016 Source Festival It's 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street. The so-called "Dirty War" waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a priest who is now the chaplain to the military at ESMA (one of the known concentration camps) and then by a soldier from the neighborhood who is also stationed at ESMA, they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves?
  • THE ABUELAS
    A visit from two strangers exposes a 37-year-old secret in this play about the long and devastating repercussions of Argentina’s “Dirty War.” Written as a companion play to THE MADRES.
  • The Art of Disappearing
    Primus Prize 2016 Finalist O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2013 Semi-Finalist Princess Grace Award 2008 Finalist When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist’s world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing...
    Primus Prize 2016 Finalist O'Neill Playwrights Conference 2013 Semi-Finalist Princess Grace Award 2008 Finalist When Melissa receives a mysterious invitation to brunch from her mother after a two-year estrangement, she returns to a home where nothing is as it seems. Fathers lie, friends leave and she herself is failing in the artist’s world she covets- as her mother practices the art of disappearing before her very eyes. The devastating truth she discovers in her parents’ house threatens to tear all of them apart for good. Will Melissa stay and fight for her family? Or will she disappear too?
  • American Home
    Winner of the 2011 Blue Ink Award by Chicago's American Blues Theater Semi-Finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Award Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever. Prosperity Preacher Paula...
    Winner of the 2011 Blue Ink Award by Chicago's American Blues Theater Semi-Finalist for the 2010 Princess Grace Award Florence Rainwater is a ninety-year-old widow in Ann Arbor who just wants to be in her home with her memories until her last day. Mike and Dana are a thirty-something couple who thought they would be in their dream home in the hills of Los Angeles forever. Prosperity Preacher Paula never imagined in her wildest dreams that her Florida mega-church would ever be threatened by foreclosure. “American Home” is about Americans forced to renegotiate the American Dream, the extremes people go to when faced with losing everything, and the powerful resilience of the American spirit.
  • The Sister House
    Ramona is a forty-something widow living with a sexy, fictional vampire and her sixteen year-old-daughter Ryan, who refuses to learn how to drive. They have been getting by just fine in life. Except for Ramona's compulsive shopping and Ryan's explosive temper, that is. So when Ramona decides to rent out the spare room to a mysterious stranger, Ryan rebels. Three women and one imaginary vampire collide...
    Ramona is a forty-something widow living with a sexy, fictional vampire and her sixteen year-old-daughter Ryan, who refuses to learn how to drive. They have been getting by just fine in life. Except for Ramona's compulsive shopping and Ryan's explosive temper, that is. So when Ramona decides to rent out the spare room to a mysterious stranger, Ryan rebels. Three women and one imaginary vampire collide in a historical Victorian home with a past of its own, in this play about immortal love, mothers and daughters, and redemption.  *This play began as a Heideman Award finalist ten-minute play titled, "Edward Cullen Ruined My Mother's Love Life."
  • The Chocolate Affair
    Beverly checks herself into a seedy motel room to be alone with a plastic pumpkin filled with Halloween candy in this ten-minute comedy about body image, motherhood and one woman trying desperately to "have it all."
  • MELT
    A glaciologist brings his granddaughter (a climate change denier) on an expedition to measure the ice on earth's last remaining glacier. Will she see the truth before it's too late? Or will they both melt with the glacier?
  • HOMER
    *Finalist for the Heideman Award - Actors Theatre of Lousiville Abe and Charlie have found the perfect place of their own, until an injured stranger arrives and threatens to ruin it.