Atelier Faculty


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Stew is a Tony Award and two-time Obie Award-winning playwright/performer, critically acclaimed singer/songwriter, and veteran of multiple dive-bar stages. His works include the rock musical Passing Strange, winner of a Tony for Best Book of a Musical in 2008, two Obies for Best New Theater Piece and Best Ensemble, and three Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical, Best Lyrics, and Best Music; as well as 12 critically acclaimed albums written between 1999 and the present by Stew & The Negro Problem and music for Spike Lee’s TV show She’s Gotta Have It. Currently a visiting lecturer at Harvard University, Stew’s classes are recognized as hothouses of multi-disciplinary, self-challenging experimentation which encourage celebratory transformation via myth-making. His courses are equally informed by the spontaneous immediacy of rock-club survival tactics and the human grandeur of theater. As an instructor, Stew strives to demystify the creative process for students, while simultaneously inviting them to create myths out of their truths, so that those truths might go deeper and shine brighter. He is currently co-teaching Athens, Georgia, a Princeton Atelier course with Paul Muldoon centered on a new work the two are collaborating on commissioned by the Public Theater, providing students an opportunity to engage in the process of creating a new musical.