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Stephen Pevner (born September 10, 1959) is an American film/theatre producer and literary manager.

A graduate of George Washington University, Pevner began his literary career in 1991, founding Stephen Pevner Inc. Pevner quickly began representing some of the most culturally relevant writers/filmmakers of his generation including Gregg Araki, Tom DiCillo, Karen Salmansohn, Richard Linklater, and Tood Solonz.[1]

In 1995, a then unknown Even Ensler came to Stephen with a manuscript for what would become known as The Vagina Monologues. Originally created as a book, Pevner helped develop it into a reading. The one-woman play (starring Ensler) opened at Fez Under Time Café and then transferred to Here Arts Center before becoming a global phenomenon.[2] Pevner’s success continued later that year when he met Neil LaBute and produced his writing/directing film debut, In The Company of Men (starring Aaron Eckhart). Originally made on a budget of $25,000, it went on to gross over $2.8 million.[3] This film won the Filmmaker's Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Award and New York Film Critics Award for Best First Feature Film.[4] Neil then signed a three-picture deal, directing Your Friends & Neighbors (starring Ben Stiller), Nurse Betty (starring Renee Zellweger), and Possession (starring Gwyneth Paltrow). Pevner served as executive producer on all three.[5][6]

Pevner then relocated back to New York City in 2003, taking over the reigns as impresario behind New York City’s longest-running and largest underground dance parties via his company The Saint At Large.[7] At the helm of these most storied and celebrated dance parties, Pevner continues to work with and introduce a stable of the highest caliber musical talent to New York audiences including the concert debut of Jennifer Hudson at the famed Highline Ballroom[8] and the American debut of Euro-pop glamour girl, Roisin Murphy.[9]

Pevner introduced theater audiences to LaBute as Lead Producer of Bash (Off-Broadway, LA, London).[8] Starring Calista Flockhart, Paul Rudd, Ron Eldard and directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, the play was filmed live as a Showtime Presentation (Winner of Jury Award for Best Television Movie at Canadian Banff Awards) and Named Top 5 Shows of the Year by Time Magazine.[10] Pevner continued his winning streak by producing the smash hit Hollywood send-up, Matt & Ben, written by and starring Mindy Kaling (The Office, 40-Year Old Virgin) and ''Brenda Withers''. With sit down productions Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago and a National Tour, the play made Time’s Top 10 for 2003.[11]

Pevner commissioned an original screenplay from a young Columbia University politico, Beau Willimon, on which the play ''Farragut North'' is based.[12] Staged to much acclaim at The Atlantic Theater Company and The Geffen Playhouse with Chris Noth and Chris Pine, the production was included in Time’s Top 10 for 2008 and has been adapted as a motion picture, The Ides of March with George Clooney directing and starring alongside Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti. Marissa Tomei and Evan Rachael Wood. Pevner, along with Leonardo DiCaprio, serves as executive producer.[13]

Pevner conceived and independently produced Schwarzwald – the movie you can dance to, a motion picture incorporating multi-screen projection, live performance and a continuous dance mix. The film installation continues to screen in film and art festivals and nightclubs around the world.[14] In 2011, Pevner produced Caligula Maximus – featuring Kayvon Zand, a musical disco circus showcasing a host of New York’s most celebrated nightlife talent.[15] Subsequently, Pevner produced Black Rose Tango, a short film about Rose Wood, the Sally Bowles of New York’s underground cabaret scene.[16]