John StepplingJohn Steppling is an original founding member of the Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, a two-time NEA recipient, Rockefeller Fellow in theatre, and PEN-West winner for playwriting. Plays produced in LA, NYC, SF, Louisville, and at universities across the US, as well in Warsaw, Lodz, Paris, London and Krakow. Taught screenwriting and curated the cinematheque for five years at the Polish National Film School in Lodz, Poland. Plays include The Shaper, Dream Coast, Standard of the Breed, The Thrill, Wheel of Fortune, Dogmouth, and Phantom Luck, which won the 2010 LA Award for best play. Film credits include 52 Pick-up (directed by John Frankenheimer, 1985) and Animal Factory (directed by Steve Buscemi, 1999). A collection of his plays was published in 1999 by Sun & Moon Press as Sea of Cortez and Other Plays. His collection of essays on aesthetics: Aesthetic Resistance and Disinterest was published by Mimesis Press in 2016. He also hosts a podcast called Aesthetic Resistance.

Articles and Interviews

Man of Conviction: John Steppling — Playwright, Screenwriter and Teacher

Where’s the Next Bet?

John Steppling on theater, ‘Fever Dreams’

John Steppling by Harvey Perr

Łódź. Marian Opania w warsztacie Johna Stepplinga

cut to the brains A Meditation on William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of King Lear

Stage Review : Steppling Gives Size To Characters In ‘Shaper’

THEATER : Minimum to the Max


One Foot Out the Door

Daily Dialogue

All Bite, Wherever He Is

Hysterical Historiography

Elmore Leonard; John Steppling

Theater review: ‘Phantom Luck’ at The Lost Studio

Time Travelers


Swept by Irony in the Desert

Review: Dogmouth

“Wheel” spins at furious, dizzying pace in Steppling’s challenging drama

Stage Review : The Undersea World Of ‘Dream Coast’

The Thrill of Creation, Out on Theater’s Edge

Legit Reviews: Wheel of Fortune

The Exhaustion of Latency: Thoughts on Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’

Once Again, Theatre-Maker John Steppling Exits America