Stephen W. Young

Stephen W. Young originally wrote the script “At The Crossroads” back in 1988 for a play writing contest at Doon Heritage Village. In 2015, he re-wrote the play from its original 1912 time frame to 1916 when the citizens of Berlin were at odds over their city’s name. Backed by the financial support of the Waterloo Region Arts Fund and the additional support of the City of Kitchener and the Waterloo Region Heritage Foundation, Stephen brought the play to life in the Grand Foyer of the Waterloo Region Museum.

Stephen was trained to write screenplays by the late, great George Salverson of CBC drama fame. He went on to write radio commercials and later, a wide range of advertising. Throughout his career in marketing, branding, and advertising, he always put his creativity and writing to good use. In addition to writing screenplays and children’s books as a hobby, he was also part of a web series writing team for a Guelph production called Mind’s Eye.

For 20 years, Stephen has been acting, singing, and dancing in theatre throughout Waterloo Region and surrounding area. Favourite roles include Maurice (Beauty and the Beast), Mr. Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors), and Mr. Boo (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice). He is a KW Musical Productions alumnus and currently sits on their board of directors.

Stephen's most recent project "Secret At Woodside", was a history meets mystery play where a rising political star goes missing at Woodside social gathering. Detective Dickson is called in to investigate. With the help of young Mackenzie King, he puts the pieces of the puzzle together and discovers the secret at Woodside. This Canada 150 play was performed in Kitchener with great success and is available for productions across the nation.

Thank you for your respectful portrayal of the historical figures. In today's world, too often, we like to pull down the figures from the past. The young Mackenzie King was handled with in a fashion that Mackenzie King himself would have been proud to have seen.

Robert Roe, CRM Advisor, SWOFU  Woodside National Historic Site of Canada
Parks Canada / Government of Canada