Steph DeFerie grew up on Cape Cod and lives there still with cats Bunny and Ruff.
She has had no formal instruction in playwriting. Instead, the many, many terrific hours she has spent studying, performing in and attending shows at the Harwich Junior Theatre comprise the majority of her theatrical training. She's also a proud member of the Bless The Mark Players and received invaluable training in improv performing from them that has greatly influenced her writing.
Although she also write for adults, she worked with the Chatham Middle School Drama Club for 12 years and is now starting a Drama Club at the Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School with Director Karen McPherson because she loves introducing kids to the joy and fun of performing. Her favorite part of writing for young audiences is incorporating audience participation into her plays.
Her 19 scripts have received countless productions in this country and abroad and won several awards. Two of her plays comprised the inaugural summer of the highly acclaimed Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre's W.H.A.T. For Kids series. Her most popular works are "Once Upon A Wolf," "The (Almost) Totally True Story Of Hansel And Gretel," "I Hate Shakespeare!" and "Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective."
She is extremely proud that her "Puss 'N Boots - A Tale Of A Tail" won First Place in the 2010 East Valley Children's Theatre Aspiring Playwrights Contest as well as Second Place in the 2009 NETC Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Competition! It premiered at the Harwich Junior Theatre in August 2010 and is now published by Playscripts.
Her newest script with French is "The (Almost) True Story Of Hansel And Gretel" and it's quickly racking up productions! Her latest published play is "Frog Quixote" at YouthPlays.
She is currently working on a collection of several 15 and 20 minute pieces about her fairy tale detective Nick Tickle. When she has four or five more cases, they'll all be published in one volume entitled "Nick's Shorts" which will allow groups to "build" their own unique productions in accordance with their time and casting needs.
She loves talking with groups staging her plays and is available for Skype sessions - please check her website for details!