Stephanie is an award-winning playwright committed to radical truth-telling in her work. Her plays are known for mining humor in darkness, the personalization of the political, the complexity of human emotions and the exploration and dramatization of the strength of women. Her full-length plays include The Madres (O'Neill Finalist, NNPN Rolling World Premiere 2018,) The Abuelas (Antaues Theatre Company - Los Angeles and Teatro Vista- Chicago Tribune Critic's pick 2019,) Friends With Guns (O'Neill Finalist, Shared World Premiere - Chapel Theatre Collective/The Road Theatre/Uprising Theatre 2019,) The Art of Disappearing (Primus Prize Finalist, 16th Street Theater 2015,) American Home (Little Candle Productions 2017,) The Sister House, The Box Jumper and The Ordeal of Water.
Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Teatro Vista, New York Theatre Workshop, Inkwell Theater, Chicago Dramatists, 16th Street Theater, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, Skylight Theatre, Little Candle Productions, San Diego Rep, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more.
Honors include: Two-time Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, 2016 NNPN Showcase, 2018 NNPN Showcase finalist, Winner of Chicago's American Blues Theater's Blue Ink Award, winner of the 2016 Generations Prize, winner of Valley Theatre Awards Best Play of the Year for Friends With Guns, finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, two-time finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, finalist for the 2016 Primus Prize Award, Four-time Finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award.
Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus and have been produced all over the world. Stephanie is also the author of the book and blog, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE which has been called “A heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” and was featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Dramatists Guild and the Antaeus Playwrights Lab and HONOR ROLL! -- an action and advocacy group of women+ playwrights over forty whose aim is to significantly increase our inclusion and representation on stage and in the theatrical canon. She lives in L.A. with her brilliant husband Bob and their spirited sons, Malcolm (9) and Graham (6.)
"Friends With Guns” is a subtle, savage feminist parable — a cautionary tale of the peril that may await women who dare to venture outside their accepted roles. The terror here is a monster who’s so innocuous, appealing and just plain likable — until he’s not."
-F. Kathleen Foley, LOS ANGELES TIMES
"I can safely say I have never before been to a play that so thoroughly confronted and confounded my own assumptions...I believe this is a highly important play for our time."
-Eric A. Gordon, PEOPLE'S WORLD
"Walker is a powerful and compassionate writer: both of these plays explore how ordinary people can and do become caught up in political horrors, even as they somehow have to keep living their lives."
-Chris Jones, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"Friends With Guns." Both barrels blaze in Stephanie Alison Walker's play - and not only at characters on two or three sides of the gun controversy, but also at one of the friendly couples' husbands -- because his domineering attitudes toward his wife make matters worse. All of this is set in the progressive haven of LA's West Side. Randee Trabitz's staging for the Road Theatre in North Hollywood helped make this one of the year's most provocative plays (also see "Antaeus", above, for more on Walker's year in LA theater)."
-Don Shirley, LA OBSERVED
Stay tuned for news about a Chicago production of FRIENDS WITH GUNS in 2020!
Stephanie is currently adapting her award-winning play FRIENDS WITH GUNS into a screenplay.
She is developing her plays THE MADRES and THE ABUELAS as a limited series for TV.
Her original pilot LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE - inspired by her popular blog of the same name and her real life story - is available to read on request.
Stephanie's new play THE ORDEAL OF WATER - inspired by the first women to work as longshoremen at the Port of Los Angeles- is a finalist for Local Theatre Company's New Play Lab in Boulder, CO.