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Stephen Moulds


Steve Moulds is a writer who prizes the creative practice of the rehearsal room above all else. He frequently assembles his collaborators in advance, beginning with casting then writing for specific performers. Perhaps because of this approach, his work tends to feature boxes, both literal and metaphorical, and corners that characters have painted themselves into. In an ideal world, he strives to write carefully designed structures in which stories occur – thought experiments to be shared with an audience. 

His work has been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Humana Festival of New American Plays, The Hypocrites, the Illusion Theater, the Kentucky Shakespeare festival, Walden Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Santa Fe Playhouse, Dominican University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Theatre [502]. In addition to his individual work, Steve has written three plays and multiple television specs with his collaborator and spouse, Diana Grisanti.

Selected Publications

  • Six Characters in Search of an Author, adapted from the play by Luigi Pirandello (New York: Playscripts, 2013).
  • Oh, Gastronomy!, a multi-writer anthology included in Humana Festival 2012: The Complete Plays (New York: Playscripts, 2013).
  • Emergency Prom (New York: Playscripts, 2011).
  • Ten-Minute Plays from Actors Theatre of Louisville Volume 6, co-edited with Tanya Palmer and Adrien-Alice Hansel (New York: Samuel French, 2005).
  • 30 Ten-Minute Plays for 3 Actors, co-edited with Michael Bigelow Dixon and Amy Wegener (Portland: Smith and Kraus, 2001).


Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • Ongoing:  Playwright in Residence, Theatre [502], Louisville, KY
  • 2016-17:  Writer-in-Residence, Vanderbilt University
  • 2016:  Fred Coe Playwright in Residence, Vanderbilt University
  • 2014-15:  Jerome Fellowship, The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • 2014-15:  Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council
  • 2011-12:  National New Play Network Playwright in Residence, Curious Theatre Company, Denver, CO
  • 2009:  Selected for University of Texas Film Institute (UTFI)
  • 2008-11:  James A. Michener Center for Writers Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin