STEVEN DIETZ (Playwright, Shooting Star) is one of America's most widely-produced and published contemporary playwrights. He is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, for Fiction (produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company), and Still Life with Iris.

He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet; the 2007 Edgar Award for Drama from the Mystery Writers of America for his widely-produced Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (adapted from William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle); and the 1995 Yomuiri Shimbun Award (the Japanese “Tony”) for his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. Other widely produced plays include Inventing Van Gogh, God’s Country, Private Eyes, The Nina Variations, Trust, Rocket Man, Halcyon Days, Ten November, Foolin’ Around with Infinity, and More Fun Than Bowling. Other award-winning stage adaptations include Force of Nature (from Goethe), Over The Moon (from P.G. Wodehouse), The Rememberer (from Joyce Simmons Cheeka), Paragon Springs (from Ibsen), Dracula (from Bram Stoker), and, with Allison Gregory, Go, Dog. Go! (from P.D. Eastman).

Steven’s work as a director has been seen at many leading regional theatres in the United States, including the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre (Chicago), ACT Theatre (Seattle), San Jose Repertory Theatre, City Theatre Company (Pittsburgh), Westside Arts (Off-Broadway), and the Sundance Institute, among many others.

He was a resident director for ten years at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, where he also served as Artistic Director of Midwest PlayLabs. Recent work includes the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys (Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago); the acclaimed adaptation of Dan Gutman’s baseball novel, Honus And Me; Becky’s New Car (ACT, Seattle), and two newly-commissioned plays: City Of Ghosts (McCarter Theatre, Princeton) and Near Aberdeen (Steppenwolf, Chicago).

Steven’s plays have been seen at over 100 regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in England, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden, Austria, Russia, Slovenia, Argentina, Peru, Singapore and South Africa, and his work has been translated into seven languages.

September, 2011