Courtesy of: Windham Campbell Prizes

Stephen Adly Guirgis

Stephen Adly Guirgis is an Egyptian American playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor.

He was born in 1965 in New York City’s Upper West Side, and is of Egyptian descent. Stephen has written numerous plays, including The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady with 121st St., and the award winning Between Riverside and Crazy. He is also a former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theatre Company and an educator in NYC prisons, schools, shelters, and hospitals.

Stephen attended school in Harlem and graduated from the University at Albany, SUNY in 1992. He then went on to study theatre at The Herbert Berghof Studio in Greenwich Village.

Throughout his career, Stephen has been awarded the 2013 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, the 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, and the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his play Between Riverside and Crazy. The following year, Stephen received a Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2016).


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