Playwriting, Theatre and Drama, Performance Studies
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331
Office: (269) 387-2629
909 Sprau Tower
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Steve Feffer has a Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. At Western, he teaches graduate and undergraduate playwriting, contemporary drama and dramaturgy, and co-teaches Western 's New Play Project.
Steve's plays have been produced or developed by theatres that include the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (NY and CT), Ensemble Studio Theatre (NY), Philadelphia Festival Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre (Houston), Ruckus Theatre (Chicago) and the National Jewish Theatre (Chicago). His publications include The Wizards of Quiz (Dramatists Play Service); and "Little Airplanes of the Heart" in Best American Short Plays 1997-1998 (Applause Books) and Plays from Ensemble Studio Theatre 2000 (Faber and Faber). Additional plays have been published by Heinemann Books and New Issues Press.
Steve's research interests include theatre and popular music, and Jewish theatre. His writing on theatre and performance have been published in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, Prooftexts: The Journal of Jewish Literary History, Comparative Drama and Third Coast; and by Palgrave/Macmillan in Interrogating America Through Theatre and Performance.
Steve has won a number of national playwriting awards including the New Jewish Theatre Project Grant from the Foundation for Jewish Culture for Ain't Got No Home and Southwest Plays national award for a play for young audience for The House I Call Love. At Western, Steve received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award. Steve serves as Chair for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's National Playwriting Program (region III).