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Stephanie Kempson

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Stephanie is a writer and dramaturg working on PECo's City of Threads podcast series, she is also a theatre director.

Stephanie points joyfully at the sky as she performs onstage. There is a banner behind her that reads "Sharp Teeth Theatre" and the picture is a delicious mix of rich purples from the light, and golden yellow in Stephanie's outfit.

Steph Kempson performing on stage.

Stephanie is a disabled writer, director, dramaturg, workshop leader, performer, theatre marketer, storyteller and producer. She completed a Masters in Film and Literature at the University of York, and Creative Writing at the University of Falmouth. She is particularly interested in adaptation and working collaboratively. She loves talking about the mechanics of story across form.

Her company's, Sharp Teeth Theatre, productions include The Fox and the Child, Parlour Games and Polly: The Heartbreak Opera (Sheffield Theatre Deli, Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol Ferment, Greenwich Theatre). Her directing or writing projects include directing Boxes for Tin Shed Theatre (Theatr Iolo platform), Eclipse for Alice Nicholas, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil and Spooky Ship for Bristol Old Vic, The Changing Room for the Egg Theatre and Bath College, Echoes of the Port for the University of Bristol, Pulling Out and Score for Documental Theatre. Her work is sometimes promenade, sometimes in a theatre, sometimes utilises technology, sometimes is audio-driven, often features voice or narrative. Her first ever job in the arts was through a PM Studio immersive theatre project.

She has worked with Bristol Old Vic, SS Great Britain, the Egg Theatre, Creative Youth Network, Beyond the Ridiculous, Hauser & Wirth, Mayfest, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Mercurial Wrestler, Part Exchange Company, Brave Bold Drama, Open Attic Company, Splash and Ripple, Luke Emery, Submerge Festival and more. She was the first recipient of JMK’s Regional Bursary for Assistant Directors on Bristol Old Vic’s Jane Eyre in 2014 and completed the National Theatre's Directors' Scheme in 2018.