2018 Conference Faculty
LUCAS HNATH's Tony-nominated A Doll's House, Part 2 premiered on Broadway in 2017. Other plays include Hillary and Clinton (Victory Gardens); Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop); The Christians (Playwrights Horizons, Humana Festival); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); nightnight (Humana Festival), Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Death Tax (Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre). He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, he has received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.
REWRITING PRACTICUM with Lucas Hnath: This workshop will consider the process of rewriting a play. Too often play development becomes a passive activity in which the writer is given notes. Rather, we will examine strategies for taking control of your rewriting process -- for diagnosing what works, what doesn’t, and implementing a plan to make your play more the play it wants to be. For this work, workshop participants should bring in complete or partial drafts of plays-in-progress. (July 18-22)
Director, Southampton Theatre Conference
Producer, actor, director, and teacher, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher in 1991. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw over 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus.
In 2015, Steve directed All My Sons at the John Drew Theatre featuring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf. In 2001, he directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s The Furies at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s Art at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also: Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, RED, all at JDT
Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company.
A teacher for over 20 years, Steve also serves as a faculty member of Southampton Arts, and maintains a private coaching practice in his studio in Sag Harbor. He is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope.