Stuart Spencer is the author of numerous plays
that have been produced both in New York at the Ensemble Studio Theatre and around the country. His
play Resident Alien was produced at the Humana Festival of New Plays, and has since
had numerous productions at many regional theatres, including the Milwaukee Rep and Florida’s
Hippodrome Theatre. Resident Alien is published by Broadway Play Publishing. His
play Alabaster City was commissioned by South
Coast Rep and his one-act Blue Stars is published in the Best American Short Plays
of 1993-94. As an undergraduate, his play The Golden Rose was designated "Best
Play" at the American College Theatre Festival.
His book on the art of playwriting, The Playwright’s Guidebook, was published in 2002 by Farrar Straus & Giroux under the Faber and Faber
imprint. Edward Albee calls the book "indispensable" and David Lindsay-Abaire (Fuddy
Meers) says that the book ‘charts a straightforward course through the knotty and twisting wilds of playwriting.
If you want to be a playwright, here’s your bible.’ The book is currently in its second printing.
As a screenwriter, he has been commissioned
to write films for actor/director Campbell Scott and for director George Camarda. He has written the screenplay version of
Resident Alien for Langley Productions in Los
Angeles. Stuart currently teaches playwriting, dramaturgy, dramatic literature, and theatre history
at Sarah Lawrence College. In the past he has taught at New York
University, Playwrights Horizons
Theatre School, The New School for Social
Research, SUNY/Purchase, the Ensemble Studio Theatre Institute for Professional Training, and The Young Playwrights Festival
program, which brings the art of playwriting into New York's
inner city schools.
He has served as a theatre and film editor
of Bomb Magazine, a quarterly magazine that publishes writing and art by, and interviews with, contemporary artists. His interview
subjects include Robert Schenkkan, Campbell Scott, Joyce Carol Oates, John Ford Noonan, and Horton Foote.
Stuart has held positions in the story editing
department of CBS Films and the literary department of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, where he served as Literary Manager for
two years. In this latter capacity he helped to discover and cultivate new American writers and their plays, supervised and
served as dramaturg for an ongoing series of readings, workshops, and major productions of the theatre, and moderated the
Playwrights Unit that included, at the time, such notable writers as Eduardo Machado and John Patrick Shanley.
He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and
the Ensemble Studio Theatre.