Stephen Carleton is an award-winning Brisbane-based writer, and has had his work produced by Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin, JUTE, Darwin Theatre Company, Brisbane Powerhouse and La Mama. He is the winner of the 2016 Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work for Bastard Territory, the 2015 Griffin Award for The Turquoise Elephant, and the 2004/5 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award for Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset. That play also won the New York New Dramatists’ Award, and was shortlisted for an AWGIE, and the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. Bastard Territory was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award and the 2010 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award under the title ‘1975’. His play The Narcissist was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award (Drama category) in 2008. His musical comedy Joh for PM (co-written with Paul Hodge) opened the Queensland Music Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse in July 2017.
Stephen is co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre, and has written and produced plays that have been toured with KeDT in conjunction with JUTE since 2004.