“The precise role of the artist, then, is to illuminate that darkness, blaze roads through that vast forest, to make the world a more human dwelling place.” -James Baldwin
Stevie Walker-Webb is a multidisciplinary artist, and cultural worker who believes in the transformative power of art. As survivor of poverty and the associative violence that comes along with growing up black and poor in America he understands intimately the need for creative spaces where people can become authors in their own narratives, and be liberated and empowered through the process of creation.
He is a Princess Grace Award Winner- Gant Gaither Theater Award 2015 and a recipient of the Wellspring Scholarship. He is a Cofounder of the non-profit C.A.S.T. where he served as Executive Director. CAST creates theatre for social change. He’s served as the Artistic Director of the Jubilee Theatre and as a Teaching Artist with Mission Waco-Mission World where he devised work with urban youth, and the homeless community. He has worked as the Outreach Coordinator for Theatre of the Oppressed-NYC. He is a 2050 fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, a Resident Director at The Flea theatre in New York City, and he’s served as the Assistant Director for The Public Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar this summer at the Delacorte Theatre and is directing a new play,” Ain’t No Mo” by Jordan E. Cooper at The Public Theatre this spring with as apart of The Public Studio program.
As an international artist and cultural worker Stevie directed the Zara Aina tour of King Lear in Madagascar, developed work in South Africa, and across America. In 2016 Stevie served as the Program Manager for the Fulani Fellowship at the All Stars Project where he spearheaded the launch of a national fellowship and training program for interdisciplinary artists who work at the intersections of social justice and politics. In 2015 on the 60th anniversary of the murder of Emmet Till Stevie was commissioned by Theatre of the Oppressed-NYC and the American Civil Liberties Union to devise a forum play in Jackson Mississippi. In addition to directing Stevie is currently developing a theatre-therapy program for Correction Officers at Riker’s Island Federal Prison, and is a lecturer at Brooklyn College, and Queensborough College.
He holds A MFA in directing from the New School For Drama, and a B.S. in Sociology from the University of North Texas, and is a Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC alumnus (NYU CAMPUS).
Stevie has developed work with: New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theatre, Zara Aina, La Mama Experimental Theatre, Lincoln Center Education, Dixon Place, TONYC, Theatre Row, Baby Crow, Wide Eyed Productions, Petit Jean Performance Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Jubilee Theatre, Mission Waco-Mission World, Texas Playhouse, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Stevie is a proud product of Waco, Texas and is the creative love child of James Baldwin and Audre Lorde. www.steviewalkerwebb.net