JD Stewart is a gay Scottish based writer and performer, whose work has been performed around the world. He received his BA/Hons in English Studies from Stirling University (2008) and his MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2017). He also completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting (2015). In 2017, his self-written and performed show GAY BOY had its world premiere at the Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. GAY BOY went on to be the headliner piece at the 2018 Queerly Festival, along with being officially selected for the 2018 NYC Fringe Festival, and then at the 2019 Frigid Festival in New York City. Selected acting credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, Night of the Living Dead, Pocket Queens (Seoul 10-Minute Play Festival Finalist), Cock, and Glitch. Recent writing credits: One Twenty-One, Compression, 18 & Gay (Ongoing) - a verbatim theatre piece comprised of interviews with fifty gay men from 1969 - 2019 regarding their 18th year of life. Kaleidoscope, developed as part of the writing team workshop for White Rabbit Sexcapades, Nov.-Dec. 2016. Finalist: 2016 Theater Masters Festival, Aspen; The Bachelor: Creature of Legends, Co-writer of Baggage Claim (Daegu Theater Troupe, South Korea). He wrote the short film, The Fabric of Life which was directed by Jamie Cristello in 2017. His modernized adaptation of Medea with men, titled Struan, and his play Movement (both directed by Ashley Wren-Collins), received readings at the Goldberg Theater, Tisch, in August 2016 and May 2017. He worked as Script Coordinator on the film, Magic Hour (dir. Jacqueline Christy) and is the Executive Story Coordinator for the web series, Tech Bae (created by Fikile Kani). Stewart is a 2016 recipient of The Dewar Arts Award for Scotland, J.S. Seidman Scholarship, and the 2017 MFA Chair’s Award from the Tisch Dramatic Writing Department. In 2019, he shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award in partnership with The Young Vic, Traverse Theatre, and Sherman Theatre for his play Compression. Stewart is currently attending The University of Edinburgh, undertaking an MSc in Playwriting led by acclaimed playwright Nicola McCartney (How Not To Drown, 2019). He is a recipient of the Arthur Kitchin Scholarship.
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Performed & Produced at the Theater for the New City Dream Up Festival 2017
Performed & Produced at the Queerly Festival 2018
Performed & Produced at the 2019 Frigid Festival
Official Selection for the 2018 NYC Fringe Festival
Gay Boy is the provocative account of some sort of gay man living some sort of life as an English Teacher in South Korea. His best friend Stella has been cheating on her girlfriend, behavior Gay Boy detests, but this doesn’t prevent him from sleeping with as many men as possible. To add to his list of first world problems, his mum won’t stop calling and all the porn websites in Korea are blocked. At least the new guy at work wears skinny jeans to provide distraction, or not. On the surface, Gay Boy may seem like a typical gay boy: highly sexed, sassy, and reveling in both. But when his vulnerability surfaces after a one-night stand, truths about his past are finally revealed.
Mentored by Eduardo Machado & Kris Diaz.
In the near future, a sexually transmitted disease called APiD (Affected Pulmonary Immune Disorder) has wiped out 85% of the world’s heterosexual population. After discovery of the gene for homosexuality, the government began sexual conscription – changing homosexuals (Specials) to heterosexuals (Standards) to repopulate the earth. This initial wave of what the government calls Movement caused many problems, inspiring one Doctor to experiment with memory hazing to make the process easier.
Next Stage Green
Mentored by Oskar Eustis, Rinne Groff & Suzan-Lori Parks.
Joe and Stacey have been together for a little over a year. When Stacey finds an engagement ring in Joe's jacket pocket - she assumes he's ready to take the next step. However, she doesn't realize the ring isn't for her - it's actually for Tom, Joe's gay roommate who is dying of cancer. On the eve of their final Green Card meeting and the morning before - secrets come out amongst all three, that are sure to change their lives forever.
Mentored by Eduardo Machado and Ashley Wren Collins.
Medea gets a bold and battering 21st century modernization...with men. Struan's husband, Jason, has left him for a new bride, Sophia. Rather than fall foul to heartbreak, Struan exacts a plan of revenge on his ex-husband, their shared two children, and the new bride in the form of murder. Struan's Nanny and Publicist play integral roles in a love triangle while also acting as a traditional Greek chorus.
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The Fabric Of Life - Watch Now!
During my first year of NYU, I wrote a short film titled, The Fabric of Life. A year later, Jamie Cristello, an up and coming director at Hunter College reached out and asked if she could make my short film for here thesis project. Obviously, I said yes! Watch the film below - and enjoy! It doesn’t go where you think it will!
Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting award: Compression
I was honoured to be shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award with my play, Compression. On March 22nd, we all convened at the Young Vic Theatre in London to hear excerpts from four of the plays, including mine, and to be told the winning play was “Two Palestinians Go Dogging” by Sami Ibrahim. The award was created by Theatre Uncut to find the next generation of political playwrights, and was in partnership with the Young Vic, Traverse Theatre, and Sherman Theatre. It was such a great day and I was so happy to be included in the shortlist of eight, which began as 444 submissions. Thank you so much! If you’d like to read Compression, please let me know in the contact me section below! Theatre Uncut: The Stage.
gay boy rises again at frigid 2019!
I will return to New York for a short stint to present GAY BOY in the winter of 2019 at The Frigid Festival! Founded in 2007, the festival will feature of thirty shows across nineteen days. The festival will open on February 20th and round up on March 10th. Over the next couple of months, tickets will go on sale, so please make sure to check back here for information and links! Myself and Ashley Wren Collins are over the moon to be bringing this re-cut version of the show to new (and old) audiences this winter!
18 & Gay
I have spent the last four weeks knee-deep in my new project: 18 & Gay. This is a verbatim theatre piece which will draw from fifty gay men, from the years 1969 - 2019 to ask them ten questions regarding the year of their 18th. The response so far has been overwhelming! I have spent time speaking to men from all over the USA and I am nearly halfway there! If you’d like to take part, I have made a Google Form where you can express your interest. The years I am looking for are outlined in the form. Looking forward to hearing from you! 18 & Gay Google Form
compression & Papatango
I received word from the 2018 Papatango New Playwriting Prize, that my play, COMPRESSION, made it through to the second round of this years competition! A total of 1384 plays entered and only 312 were put through to this stage! This news was sent along with some really helpful and encouraging feedback: "A beautiful intensity is created straight from the opening, and the attention to detail given to the setting and character movements paint a very clear image for the audience. The rhythm, pace and status of the characters are placed very cleverly, allowing us to engage fully and become intrigued to know more."
This years prize was won by Iman Qureshi for The Funeral Director, which will run from October 31st - November 24th at the Southwark Playhouse. More information on Papatango and the great opportunities they run right here: Papatango
gay boy returns
GAY BOY, directed by Ashley Wren Collins, will return this June at The Queerly Festival, FRIGID, New York. During Pride month, we will celebrate the beauty and wonder of the LGBTQ+ Community through thought-provoking, exciting, and fun theatre! We are so happy to be bringing GAY BOY back out of the closet for Queerly 2018 and I hope you will come and see the show! More info and ticket information will be posted here as soon as it's available! Stay Gay!
allen davis writing lab
For the winter months in New York, I was very lucky to be a part of the Allen Davis Writing Lab, led by the wonderfully talented Mario Golden and Andreas Robertz. The lab was made up of ten intense sessions each week where we reviewed, discussed, and assisted with the creation of new work. During my time, I worked on my newest piece One Twenty-One, which is set in a night-club. I learned many things over this time and I am thankful to have been a part of it. More info on the lab and a short video I made can be found here: Allen Davis Writing Lab
Ready, Set, 2018!
After a wonderful break back in Scotland with family and friends, I will be returning back to the wonderful NYC in the next couple of days. First up, will be my second appearance at InViolet and their Monday Night Social in Midtown. Ten pages from a play I have been working on called SCOTSGIVING will be read by some wonderful actors, drinks will be available, and mixing and mingling as well! Information on the brilliant InViolet can be found here: InViolet Homepage
Bringing GAY BOY to the stage in 2017 was definitely one of the Highlights of the year! There were some pretty fantastic thoughts and feedback from audiences and you can have a read of it right here! Check out this link to head right over to Show-Score and have a read! Thank you to everyone who helped bring this show to life. Especially, Ashley Wren Collins, Gregory Jackson, and Shelley Mitchell. Without the three of you it never would have made it! Gay Boy on Show-Score!
GAY BOY has received coverage in TimeOut NYC - click the link above to check it out. Word on the street is that it will also be featured in print this coming Wednesday, August 6th, 2017 - the same day as Opening Night! There's a picture mash-up of the feature below in the Instagram section!
GAY BOY at TNC's DREAM UP Festival 2017.
Gay Boy is the provocative account of some sort of gay man living some sort of life as an English Teacher in South Korea. His best friend Stella has been cheating on her girlfriend, behavior Gay Boy detests, but this doesn't prevent him from sleeping with as many men as possible. To add to his list of first world problems, his mum won't stop calling and all the porn websites in Korea are blocked. At least the new guy at work wears skinny jeans to provide distraction, or not. On the surface, Gay Boy may seem like a typical gay boy: highly sexed, sassy, and reveling in both. But when his vulnerability surfaces after a one-night stand, truths about his past are finally revealed.
Buy Tickets for GAY BOY through the link above!
Graduation - complete!
After two years, lots of hard work, tears, sweat, and joy - I graduated from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with an MFA in Dramatic Writing. I was also honored to receive the MFA Chair's Award in Dramatic Writing. Now, it's on to the future!
the fabric of life at brooklyn college tv mfa showcase
On May 26, 2017, I attended a screening at Macaulay Honors College, which included the short film I wrote - The Fabric of Life.
It was directed by the wonderful Jamie Cristello and was every bit what I imagined on screen. Thanks, Jamie!
white rabbit: sexcapades, february 2017
I was very lucky to be selected to be a part of the 2017 White Rabbit show Sexcapades at the Duplex Theater on Christopher Street over Valentine's Day weekend 2017.
We came together as writers three months before and were given various prompts to work with - to say it was easy would be very wrong! It was most definitely a lot of fun! The ten-minute piece I wrote, titled Kaleidoscope was direcected by Matt Philips and starred the wonderful Frank Mayers and Malcolm Jamal King. The two performance nights were completely sold out!
struan staged reading, august 2016.
After completing my modernized adaptation of Medea, with men, I was extremely lucky to have a staged reading at The Goldberg Theater in August. It was a wonderful night and the cast did an outstanding job. I look forward to working on this piece more in the future!