JD Stewart


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JD Stewart

JD Stewart is a gay, Scottish playwright, screenwriter, television writer and performer whose work has been performed across three continents.

He holds a BA/Hons in English Studies from Stirling University (2008) an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2017) and an MSc in Playwriting from The University of Edinburgh (2020)

In 2013, his play Baggage Claim (co-written with Brian McTaggert) debuted in Daegu, South Korea.

In 2017, his self-written and performed show GAY BOY had its world premiere at the Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. GAY BOY went on to be the headliner piece at the 2018 Queerly Festival, was officially selected for the 2018 NYC Fringe Festival, and included at the 2019 Frigid Festival in New York.

In 2019, his play, Compression, was shortlisted for the inaugural Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award, in partnership with the Traverse Theatre, Young Vic, and the Sherman Theatre.

In 2020, his play, elastic, was included in Pride Plays, a series of readings at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh.

His play, One Twenty-One, was longlisted for the New York City Pride Plays, and was featured in Playbill's 34 More Works by LGBTQIA+ Artists to Keep an Eye On.

He worked as Script Coordinator on the film, Magic Hour (dir. Jacqueline Christy) and was the Executive Story Coordinator for the web series, Tech Bae (created by Fikile Kani).

He is co-host of the podcast: The One Fifty Marchers, with playwright Frazer Flintham.

Stewart is a 2016 recipient of The Dewar Arts Award for Scotland, J.S. Seidman Scholarship, the 2017 MFA Chair's Award from the Tisch Dramatic Writing Department, and a full scholarship from The University of Edinburgh.

Photograph by Jake Smith

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