2017 Conference Faculty
Lucas Hnath’s plays include The Christians (Humana Festival, 2014; Playwrights Horizons, 2015); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep, 2013); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, 2013); nightnight (Humana Festival, 2013); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); Death Tax (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013). Hnath’s work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.
He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is the recipient of the 2015 Kesselring Prize, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award, and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations. He is also a recipient of commissions from the Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Civilians, EST/Sloan Project, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, and South Coast Repertory.
In 2016 his play, Hillary and Clinton, will premiere in Chicago at Victory Gardens, and Red Speedo will have its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop.
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.