Stephen Callaghan


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Stephen Callaghan

Stephen Callaghan is a prolific playwright and theatre-maker, based in Glasgow, Scotland. He has written extensively on faith-related subjects, from the lives of Saints to Biblical material in new and challenging ways.  Often infused with the humour and style of his native city, his plays have been performed widely in local venues and schools around Scotland and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. These include a commission from the Vatican for an International Conference taking place in Glasgow and the acclaimed The Margaret Sinclair Story, commissioned by the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 and was adapted for video production in 2020.  Although not a football fan, he was commissioned to write a short piece for the 125th Anniversary of the Founding of Celtic Football Club in 2012, which was filmed by Celtic FC for DVD.  He has also written numerous sketches for Glasgow Churches Together, which have been performed at Glasgow City Chambers.

In 2017, he was commissioned by Missio Scotland to write a collection of 14 short plays on The Lives of Missionary Saints for Primary 6/7 age children.  It was published and disseminated to schools across Scotland.  He has also lectured on the subject of Faith and the Arts  at several venues, including delivering the Gillis Lecture hosted by the Arts and Heritage Commission of the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 2017.  His acclaimed work The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie (2012) was taught as part of a course syllabus at Seattle University and students from there visited Glasgow for a workshop with the playwright in 2015.  Several of his plays were published across two volumes by the St Ninian Institute in 2014 and some are currently available as individual titles through

Together with his wife, Rachel, he directs the work of Callaghan Theatre Productions, which includes his one-man show, The Pew With A View (2018), and is also the Creative Director of the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project (AGAP).  He is a member of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, an Honours graduate of the University of Glasgow Theatre, Film & TV Studies Department and holds Licentiate and Associate diplomas in Speech and Drama from the London College of Music and Media.

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