Stephen F. Murray is a freelance-director. He was the founding Artistic Director of Promethean Theatre Ensemble. He also served as the Assistant Artistic Director of Strawdog Theatre Company and the resident director of Lost Note Theatre. Other companies he has worked with include the side project, Redtwist Theater, City Lit Theater, Bailiwick Repertory, 500 Clown, and Oracle Theatre. He directed The Darling Children which participated in the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. His productions won best of festival honors for the inaugural City Lit Art of Adaptation Festival (2007) and the Speaking Ring Theatre Vitality Fest IV (2006).
As an playwright, his work has been performed in Illinois, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Michigan. His original play Nesting Dolls placed runner-up in the 2015 Playwriting Competition at the Solas Festival in Perth, Scotland and received its world premier in Milwaukee, WI. He was awarded an Illinois Arts Council individual artist grant in 2011 for Laer's Last Prayer. Geppetto participated in the In the Works Residency in 2014 through the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events before having its world premier in Madison, WI. He has twice had a script selected for City Lit Theater's Art of Adaptation Festival.
Mr. Murray served on the Advisory Board for Arts in Sacred Places. He holds a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University and attended Interlochen Arts Camp. In addition to his work as a director and playwright, Mr. Murray has worked as a lighting designer, production manager, actor, and mask designer.