Journalist | Playwright | Screenwriter
Stephen Hunt grew up in Winnipeg in the 1970's and 1980's, studying political science at the University of Winnipeg and serving as the copy editor at The Uniter, the U of W's student newspaper. He also studied playwriting, theatre and creative writing under Pulitzer Prize winning author Carol Shields and Governor-General Award winner Timothy Findley.

Following graduation from the U of W, Stephen lived in Toronto for a year, where one of his short stories caught the eye of former CBC literary guru Robert Weaver. This led to Stephen being accepted into the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, where he combined a passion for theatre with studying writing at the country's top creative writing program. Stephen served as a co-producer of radio plays at Vancouver's Co-Op Radio, and was one of the first producers of the Brave New Playrites program, which is still around today, and where his first comedy, Herbert, a one-act Hollywood satire about Canadian diplomat Herb Norman was produced at the Vancouver Little Theatre. Also while a student at UBC, Stephen sold his first comedy pilot, Danny's All-Star Joint, to CBC Television.

Following graduation from UBC in 1989, Hunt moved to New York to continue his theatrical education. There, he studied with John Wulp, a Tony-winning producer (Dracula) at Playwrights Horizons, Obie-winning Off-Broadway icon Curt Dempster (Ensemble Studio Theatre), comedian Lewis Black (The Daily Show), and Emmy-nominee Will (Big Love co-creator) Scheffer.

Stephen also worked, interning at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Theatre Workshop and the McCarthur Foundation-winning kid's theatre, the 52nd Street Project, in addition to putting in time on the weekends serving the world's largest pancakes at the Royal Canadian Pancake House, as well as freelance copywriting for ESPN and a number of New York ad agencies.

Hunt lived the hardscrabble life of the struggling Off-Off Broadway playwright for seven years in New York, where some of his comedies such as Eye Spy, Insomnia, The Golfer, Stupid Sadists and most particularly, his one-man show The White Guy were produced at a variety of Off-Off Broadway theatres in New York, such as La Mama, the Soho Rep, the West Bank, West End Gate and Naked Angels.

The White Guy, which was developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, was originally produced in 1995 at the Public Theatre in New York and the HBO Workspace in LA before being developed for television by Warner Brothers and Quincy Jones in 2000. It has also been produced (starring a variety of Canadian actors) at the Vancouver Men's Festival (1996), the Winnipeg Fringe Festival (1996), Edmonton Fringe Festival (2006, 4 stars), and the Orlando Fringe Festival (2007), and was published in Best American Short Plays 1997-98 by Applause Books.

The White Guy has been taught in Ethnic Studies at the University of Las Vegas-Nevada, and at the University of Western Ontario, where Afro-Canadian playwright and actor Rita Deverell taught the play as part of her class teaching graduate level journalism students when she was the Canwest visiting scholar there in 2007.

Hunt is currently working on a dark comedy about the New York real estate scene called The Location Man, as well as a multi-cultural musical set in New York's East Village called Our Downtown. He's also an Adjunct Professor in the UBC Creative Writing Department, where he teaches playwriting in the Op-Res (online) program.

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