Steve Feffer

Steve Feffer
Professor of English
(269) 387-2629
909 Sprau Tower, Mail Stop 5331
Mailing address: 
Department of English
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5331 USA
  • Ph.D., Theatre and Drama, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.F.A., Playwriting, Iowa Playwrights Workshop
  • BFA, Dramatic Writing, New York University
Teaching interests: 
  • Playwriting
  • Theatre and drama
  • Performance studies
Research interests: 
  • Theatre and popular music
  • Jewish theatre

Dr. Steve Feffer is a professor in the Department of English at Western Michigan University.

Feffer teaches graduate and undergraduate playwriting, and contemporary drama and dramaturgy, and co-teaches WMU 's New Play Project.

His 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)
  • "Little Airplanes of the Heart" in Best American Short Plays 1997-98 (Applause Books) and Plays from Ensemble Studio Theatre 2000 (Faber and Faber)

Additional plays have been published by Heinemann Books and New Issues Press.

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.

Feffer 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 WMU, Feffer received the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award.

He serves as chair for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival's National Playwriting Program (region III).