Stephen Carleton is a Darwin-raised and Brisbane-based practitioner. He was the recipient of the Griffin Award in 2015 for The Turquoise Elephant and was the winner of the 2004/5 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award with his play Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset. This work was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award (QTC), and produced by the company in July 2006. In 2007, the play was also nominated for an AWGIE and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. The Narcissist was nominated in the same category. Constance Drinkwater was also produced by Stablemates at Griffin Theatre Company in Sydney in October, 2006; and Darwin Theatre Company, JUTE (Cairns) and Tropic Sun (Townsville) in 2007.
His play The Narcissist played at La Boite Theatre Company in March 2007, and played an extended season at the Sydney Opera House for STC in September 2008. He is co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre in Darwin and has written and produced a number of plays and political cabarets for the company over the past ten years, including important collaborations with JUTE, Surviving Jonah Salt (2004) and The Seven Deadly Aussie Sins (2008). He is also the winner of the 2006 New York New Dramatists’ Award. Stephen convenes the Drama Major at the University of Queensland.