Steven Dietz is one of America's most widely-produced and published contemporary playwrights. Since 1983, his thirty-plus plays have been seen at over one hundred regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in England, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Austria, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa. His work has been translated into ten languages.
Mr. Dietz is the 2011-12 recipient of the Ingram New Works Fellowship from Tennessee Repertory Theatre, following previous recipients David Auburn and John Patrick Shanley. A two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, for FICTION (produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Off-Broadway), and STILL LIFE WITH IRIS, Mr. Dietz is also a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award, for LAST OF THE BOYS (produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), and BECKY?S NEW CAR. He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for LONELY PLANET; the 2007 Edgar Award for Drama from the Mystery Writer?s 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. His acclaimed conspiracy thriller, YANKEE TAVERN, was a National New Play Network featured play.
Other widely produced plays include SHOOTING STAR, 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), GO, DOG. GO! (with Allison Gregory, from P.D. Eastman), and two of Dan Gutman?s baseball card adventures ? JACKIE AND ME, and HONUS AND ME.
Mr. Dietz's work as a director has been seen at many of America's leading regional theatres. He has directed premiere productions of new plays at 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.
Mr. Dietz?s widely-reprinted articles about the creation of new plays, most of which were first seen in American Theatre Magazine, include ?Doom Eager: Writing What We Need to Know?, ?Developed to Death?, ?An Audience Manifesto?, and ?A Modest Proposal: On Training Directors for the New Century.?
Recent work includes A YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER, commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis; RANCHO MIRAGE, developed at Trinity Rep and City Theatre, Pittsburgh; and 360 (round dance) ? produced in the fall of 2011 at UT?S Oscar G. Brockett Theatre under the direction of Courtney Sale.