J.Stephen Brantley is an actor and playwright whose work has been commissioned by Performance Space 122, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Queens Theatre, and East Hamptons’ Guild Hall. He has appeared off-Broadway in The Directors Company production of Murder In The First at 59E59 and Theatre 167’s Pirira at the West End Theater.
An intensely physical actor trained at NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Brantley has performed with Big Dance Theatre, CapsLock, Cucaracha, The Directors Company, Horse Trade, Jewish Plays Project, Neo-Political Cowgirls, Opera House Arts, and Theatre 167, and at venues including 59E59, HERE, Queens Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, The New Ohio, P.S.122, and Soho Rep. His regional credits include The Painting Plays at Guild Hall, Slap & Tickle at Provincetown Theater, and Romeo And Juliet with it’s zombie sequel R & J & Z at Stonington Opera House. Brantley’s acclaimed one-man autobiographical ‘recovery cabaret’ Chicken-Fried Ciccone: A Twangy True Tale Of Transformation has played to audiences in New York, Dublin, Provincetown, and East Hampton.
As a playwright, Brantley’s plays Blood Grass, Break, Furbelow, The Jamb, Nevertheless, Shiny Pair Of Complications, and Struck have been performed across the U.S. and in Canada and Ireland. His Eightythree Down, winner of the 2009 Georgia Theatre Conference award, was nominated for six 2012 New York Innovative Theatre Awards and is published by Indie Theatre Now as part of their Best of 2011 collection. Theatre 167’s production of his Pirira was named Outstanding Premiere Production at the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awards.
Brantley himself is a seven-time NYIT nominee, a 2013 Indie Theatre Now Person Of The Year, and the winner of the Micheál MacLiammóir Award for Best Actor at the 2013 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.