Stephen Belber

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Stephen Belber
Born March 3, 1967 (1967-03-03) (age 48)
Washington, D.C., United States
Education Trinity College
Playwrights Horizons
The Juilliard School
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter, film director

Stephen Belber (born March 3, 1967) is an American playwright, screenwriter and film director.

Early life[edit]

Belber was born in Washington, D.C.. He studied philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, graduating in 1989.[1] He moved to New York at the age of 25, where he unwittingly moved in with a roommate with AIDS, and helped nurse him for two years until he died.[2] He held a variety of jobs including waiter, substitute teacher, and wire service operator for the United Nations.[3] His first show in New York was a solo show entitled "Psychotic Busboy Blues". He went on to attend the Playwrights Horizons Theater School where he worked on his third solo show "One Million Butterflies". In 1994 he was accepted to the playwriting program at The Juilliard School, where in his second year he produced his first multipart play "Stone Cold Lyricism".[4]


In 2000 he was the winner of the Fringe NYC Overall Excellence Award in playwriting for "Drifting Elegant." Also in 2000, the Actors Theatre of Louisville produced Belber's Tape at the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He then wrote the screenplay for the 2001 film adaptation of the play Tape, directed by Richard Linklater.

Belber's next major project in 2001 came from working with the Tectonic Theatre Project. There he researched, was an associate writer, and acted in "The Laramie Project," a play and later a film written in response to Matthew Shepard’s fatal beating in Laramie, Wyoming.

Between 2002 and 2003, Belber wrote for the US TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Belber's Broadway debut came in 2004 with his play "Match". Belber's other plays include "The Transparency of Val", "The Wake", "Through Fred", "The Death of Frank", "Mel and Gene", "A small melodramatic story", "McReele", and "Stabbing". His films include "Drifting Elegant", and Management.

His play "Dusk Rings A Bell" received its Euoropean premiere at the HighTide Festival, Halesworth in April 2011.[5]

Selected credits[edit]




  1. ^ "Cinestudio". The Trinity Reporter. Trinity College. Winter 2010. 
  2. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (April 19, 2002). "Sex, Lies and Audio ‘Tape’". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Archived from the original on July 6, 2002. 
  3. ^ "Stephen Belber". Huntington Theatre Company. Archived from the original on December 7, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Stephen Belber: No Busboy Blues for this Playwright" (PDF). Huntington Theatre Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 7, 2007. 
  5. ^ The Guardian The Guide: theatre: HighTide Festival Halesworth, 23 Apr 2011

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