Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Stephen Karam

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: New York
MacDowell fellowships: 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017

Stephen Karam is the author of The Humans and Sons of the Prophet, a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and the recipient of the 2012 Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner Awards for Best Play. Other plays include Speech & Debate, the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground; and columbinus (New York Theatre Workshop). He wrote the libretto for Dark Sisters, an original chamber opera with composer Nico Muhly. For film, Karam has written screenplay adaptations of Chekhov’s The Seagull (starring Annette Bening, Elisabeth Moss, Corey Stoll and Saoirse Ronan), and Speech & Debate, both scheduled for release in 2016.

Karam is a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of the inaugural Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Drama Desk Award. He teaches playwriting at The New School.

Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Karam is a graduate of Brown University.



Stephen Karam worked in the Heyward studio.

The Lodge Annex, a wing on the east side of the men’s dormitory (The Lodge), was completed in 1926. Initially intended as an apartment for a caretaker, the space was soon repurposed as a live-in studio for writers. In recognition of a major endowment gift from the Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, Lodge Annex was…

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