Stephanie K Brownell
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Stephanie K Brownell is a multidisciplinary artist holding an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Their creative work is visual, intersectional and magical, with a particular focus on the body. Stephanie’s fiction, poetry, and drama have been published in Solstice Magazine (Editor’s Choice), Great Lakes Review, Cathexis Northwest (Featured Author), Punt Volat, and the inaugural issue of Decoded: Pride, among others. Their scholarly work focuses on discourses of oppression, resistance, and imagination in contemporary and speculative literature. Stephanie teaches writing through Carroll University and through GrubStreet, one of the nation’s leading creative writing centers, and consults as a freelance editor. They have previously taught at Boston University, Bentley University, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the Elliot School, and Lycée Marguerite de Valois.
Stephanie is a 2018 Sewanee Conference Tennessee Williams Scholar, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and an alumna of residencies and fellowships nationwide including Company One’s PlayLab, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Kennedy Center Fellows, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New York Theatre Intensives, and Taleamor Park Residency. They are a winner of the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award, a Gary Garrison Award national finalist, and the UT WomenWorks 2015 runner up. Their play She Eats Apples has been produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theater, Breaking Barriers Theater Education Program, and Queensboro Community College. Chop has received development through Boston Playwrights’ Theater’s Breaking Ground Series and Artists’ Theater of Boston’s Summer Happenings. “Eskimo Pie” was produced by the KNOW Theatre Company and Elements Theater, in addition to several readings. Most recently, their play “A House of a Different Color” was produced as a part of This Place/Displaced, a theatrical challenge to gentrification, by Artists’ Theater of Boston.
As a costume designer, Stephanie is interested in the use of garments to express and repress as well as the evolution of gendered expression. Local collaborators include Company One, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, New Rep, Greater Boston Stage Company, Boston Symphony Orchestra, American Repertory Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre, Titanic Theatre, Flat Earth, Bridge Rep and more. Most recently, Stephanie designed the premiere of Paul Michael Thomson’s Leave Me Alone! at The Story Theatre, Chicago. Learn more at skbrownell.com.