Stephen Orlov

Stephen Orlov is an award-winning playwright and educator.  His plays have been showcased in such theatre centres as Montreal, Chicago and London. He has sereved as vice-president of Playwrights Union of Canada, president of Playwrights Workshop Montreal, playwright in residence at the Centaur Theatre and more recently several terms on the Board Executives of Playwrights Guild of Canada and Playwrights Canada Press.

Stephen co-edited with Melbourne-based, award-winning Palestinian playwright and poet, Samah Sabawi, DOUBLE EXPOSURE: PLAYS OF THE jEWISH AND PALESTINIAN DIASPORAS, the first English-language anthology worldwide in any genre of drama, prose or poetry by Jewish and Palestinian writers.  Their groundbreaking anthology, published by Playwrights Canada Press in October of 2016, won the 2017 biennieal Patrrick O'Neill Award for best Canadain play anthology of 2015 and 2016. Their anthology tour in the spring of 2017 drew overflow sold-out crowds to their panels at Montreal's Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, the Ottawa International Writers' Festival, the Sydney Writers' Festival and at other events in New York City, Toronto, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Stephen was born in Boston and began writing as an academic and freelance journalist covering war and social upheaval in Asia.  His first play ISOLATED INCIDENT, co-written with Rahul Varma, won the Juror's Prize of the Quebec Drama Festival that was staged at the Centaur Theatre. He next received a commissioning grant to write SALAAM-SHALOM, the first in his trilogy of Jewish-Palestinian Diapsora plays, which was showcased by Russ Tutterow at Chicago Dramatists Workshop and the Organic Theatre Company  Julia Pascal, the first woman to direct at England's National Theatre, produced and directed in London the world premiere of Stephen's next play, SPERM COUNT, which was published in DOUBLE EXPOSURE. His allegorical comedy FREEZE, which portrays Montreal's 1998 "Ice Storm of the Century" as a metaphor presaging "cooler" more inclusive times in Quebec compared to the sovereigntist  firestorms of earlier decades, was a box-office hit at the Centaur Theatre. Guernica Editions published FREEZE in August of 2016.

Stephen resides in Montreal and North Rustico Harbour, Prince Edward Island with his wife, internationally acclaimed cellistr, Karen Kaderavek, whom he directed in her award-winning play, MINGUS, MINGUS, MINGUS, I AM THREE at the New York International Fringe Festival. They performed their experimental co-creation, BOW TIES, "a dramatic encounter between words and music" in Montreal and Prince Edward Island. 

Stephen has served as chairperson of the Humaitiies Department of John Abbott College, where he taught script and film analysis courses for twenty years.  He now leads masterclasses and workshops comparing the craft of dramatic writing for theatre and film, most recently for Playwrights Guild of Canada, ARTREACH--the National Arts Festival of Saint Lucia, the Osher Institute at Dartmouth College and the Quebec Drama Federation.  

Stephen will be developing his new play, BIRTHMARK, the sequel to SPERM COUNT, in Toronto as a participating playwright in Studio 180 Theatre's In Development program.  He received a Cole Foundation commissioning grant sponsored by Teesri Duniya Theatre to write the paly.  He worked on its early drafts as a member of the inaugural Playwrights Unit of Infinitheatre with the support of Teesri Duniya, which has received a Cole Foundation proudction grant to produce it in its 2018-9 season.  




Award Category Year Play
Quebec Drama Festival Special Juror's Award 1989 Isolated Incident
Canadian National Playwriting Competition finalist 1999 Sperm Count