Stephen Near

Stephen Near is a playwright, performer and educator living in Hamilton. Stephen studied theatre at York University and Drama/English at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE). He is Co-Artistic Founder of Same Boat Theatre Company and has worked with a number of theatre companies in Toronto as a playwright or dramaturge.  As a playwright, he has had productions of his work performed across Canada in a variety of festivals including the Toronto Fringe, the Hamilton Fringe, the New Ideas Festival, the Summerworks Festival, and the Mainstage Festival of Theatre in B.C. Stephen is an alumnus of the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Saskatchewan and the Banff Centre in Alberta and has studied playwriting with Sheldon Rosen, Floyd Favel, Linda Griffiths, David Copelin, Daniel MacIvor, Brian Quirt, and Beverley Cooper. Stephen has a B. Ed from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and is a member of both the Council of Ontario Drama & Dance Educators (CODE) and the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Stephen is currently the Operations Officer for the Hamilton Arts Council, a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit and sits on the PGC's National Forum as the representative for the Ontario South caucus.


  • Quintessence (2003)
  • Shadow Court (2005)
  • Continuum/Interface (2011)
  • Plainspeak (2012)
  • Monstrous Invisible (2013)
  • Test (2013)
  • The Conspiracy of Michael (2014)
  • Finding Mr. Right (2015)




Award Category Year Play
Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest 2011 Interface