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360 (round dance) by Steven Dietz; Photo: Jeff Heimsath (2011)

Steve Dietz, Professor of Playwriting and Directing at the UT Theatre and Dance Dept.

Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz

Steven Dietz's 30 plus plays and adaptations have been seen at over 100 regional theatres in the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions have been seen in over 20 countries and his work has been translated into 10 languages. 

2015-2016 world premiers include Bloomsday (Steinberg New Play Award Citation); This Random World (Humana Festival of New American Plays) and On Clover Road (National New Play Network (NNPN) "rolling world premiere"). Other recent work includes Rancho Mirage (Edgerton New Play Award), The Shimmering and America la Ronde

Dietz is a two-time winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award for Fiction and Still Life with Iris, as well as a two-time finalist for the Steinberg New Play Award for Last of the Boys and Becky's New Car. He received the PEN USA West Award in Drama for Lonely Planet and the 2007 Edgar Award© for Drama for Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure. Other widely produced plays include Yankee Tavern, Jackie & Me, Shooting Star, Inventing Van Gogh, God's Country, Private Eyes and The Nina Variations

Dietz is a Dramatists Guild "Traveling Master," offering playwriting workshops and master classes around the country. 

Areas of Expertise 

Playwriting, directing, new plays, theatre for all ages


Advanced Playwriting Workshop, Narrative Strategies: Time, Story-Making for the Stage, Collaboration


Multiple plays in acting editions. Publishers include Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French Inc., Playscripts and Dramatic Publishing. Other work in various anthologies.