Stephen Hancock

Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance

Phone
(901) 678-2570
Email
shancock@memphis.edu
Fax
(901) 678-1350
Office
3745 Central Ave., Theatre Building, Room 143
Office Hours
MW 8:00-9:00 and 3:45-4:45 or by appointment

About Stephen Hancock

Professor Hancock joined the faculty in 1998 and was promoted and tenured as an Associate Professor in 2004. He is a member of the BFA Performance faculty where he teaches classes in acting, directing and playwriting. His teaching / advising honors include: The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation – Excellence in Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching (2004); the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival "Outstanding Teaching Artist (Region IV) in Playwriting." (2007); and the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean's Faculty Advising Award for 2002-2003. As a playwright his work includes 4:00 A.M.: Redmond and Meda, The Writer's Block, The Horror of the Little Family Farce, Revelations, The Lioness of the Leopards, and Zyrardów. His plays have been performed or had readings in NYC; New Orleans; Minneapolis; Jackson, MS; Valdez, AK and Torrington, CT. He was runner-up in the 2005 KCACTF Cohen Prize; is a two-time second-place winner of The Writer's Digest Magazine Writing Competition; and has twice been a semi-finalist in the Humana Festival 10-Minute Play Festival. The Horror of the Little Family Farce was invited to participate in the 2010 KCACTF, Region IV conference. He is a past participant in The Sewanee Writers' Conference and The Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference. He has directed over 50 plays including One Man, Two Guvnors, Time Stands Still, Clybourne Park, Titus Andronicus, Edwin Drood, I Am My Own Wife, Company, Chess, A Winter's Tale and The Comedy of Errors. He has been nominated for Best Director 10 times in the Memphis Theater Awards and won 4 times. In 2010 he received a Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Directing by the KCACTF for his production of The Comedy of Errors. In 2008, he was awarded the Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, AEA and AFTRA.

Education

MFA Theatre (Emphasis in Directing) The Pennsylvania State University 1984
BA Theatre The University of Louisville 1978

Experience

Professional

University Professor (over 20 years); Theatre Director (over 30 years); Playwright (over 20 years); Professional Stage Management (3 years including Circle Rep and Theatreworks USA) / Non-professional (7 years); Marketing / PR both professional and Not-for-Profit (4 years including Manhattan Theatre Club and ART/NY); Casting (1 year); Theatre Board – Center Ring Company (1 year) and Theatreworks (2 years); Play reader (Manhattan Theatre Club, SETC, KCACTF and for local theatres.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Best Musical Production (Chess) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2013 Best Director / Best Dramatic Production (Becky Shaw) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV – Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Directing (Comedy of Errors)
  • 2010 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region IV – The Horror of the Little Family Farce one of four plays selected to participate in the Region IV conference.
  • 2008 Best Director / Best Musical Production (Edwin Drood) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2008 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Creative Arts. (Plaque / $2,000)
  • 2007 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival – "Outstanding Teaching Artist (Playwriting)" Region IV
  • 2007 Best Director / Best Dramatic Production (The Pillowman) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2007 Best Director nomination (Noises Off) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2007 Best Director nomination (I Am My Own Wife) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2005 Best Director nomination (Stones in His Pockets) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2005 David Mark Cohen Prize (2nd Place) – Awarded by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) for The Writer's Block.
  • 2004 Thomas W. Briggs Foundation – Excellence in Teaching Award – Awarded by The University of Memphis Association in conjunction with the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation for excellence in undergraduate teaching. (Plaque / $5,000)
  • 2003 Best Director nomination (Three Days of Rain) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2003 Best Musical Production (Into the Woods) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2003 Awarded the College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean's Faculty Advising Award for 2002-2003
  • 2002 Outstanding Publication Certificate of Merit – Awarded by the National Academic Advising Association for The Department of Theatre and Dance's Undergraduate Policy Manual. (I serve as Chair of the Committee and Chief Editor.)
  • 2001 Best Director / Best Dramatic Production (Sight Unseen) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 2000 Top 20 Finalist – Writing Competition – Awarded by Writers Digest Magazine for the play Revelations out of 407 entries.
  • 2000 Finalist – PWSCC Edward Albee Theatre Conference for the play The Writer's Block.
  • 2000 Finalist – New Play Festival – The Chameleon Theatre for the play The Writer's Block.
  • 1999 Second Place – Writing Competition – Awarded by Writers Digest Magazine for the play The Horror of the Little Family Farce.
  • 1998 Second Place – Writing Competition – Awarded by Writers Digest Magazine for the play The Writer's Block.
  • 1991 Semi-Finalist – National 10-Minute Play Contest – Awarded by Actors Theatre of Louisville for the play Did I Happen to Mention?
  • 1991 Semi-Finalist – National 10-Minute Play Contest – Awarded by Actors Theatre of Louisville for the play Something.
  • 1990 Best Dramatic Production (Lydie Breeze) The "Ostranders" Memphis Theatre Awards awarded by Memphis Magazine
  • 1989 10 Best Plays in Memphis – Awarded by The Memphis Business Journal for Fiddler on the Roof by Stein/Bock/Harnick.

 

Research and Scholarly Activities

Research Interests

Teaching interests: Directing, Playwriting, Developing New Works

Publications

Creative Research
Playwriting: No Reason (2015 staged reading), 4:00 AM: Redmond & Meda (2014 produced), Zyardów (2013 staged reading), Robert (2013 staged reading), Revelations (2013 produced), 4:00 AM: Redmond & Meda (2012 staged reading)
New Work: No Reason (2015), Conversations in Bed (2015), Antiquorum Botanicus Nomen (2014), Pop (2014), The Krewe of Ganymede (2013)

Directing: One Man Two Guvnors (2014), Chess (2014), Becky Shaw (2013), Clybourne Park (2013), Time Stands Still (2013), Tartuffe-the Opera (2011), The Comedy of Errors (2010), The Horror of the Little Family Farce (2009), Edwin Drood (2008) A Lesson Before Dying (2008)

Publications
"4:00 AM: Redmond & Meda," The Collective: 10 Play Anthology, Volume II (2014)
"Search: Play + Writing + Competition," Southern Theatre Magazine, a quarterly magazine published by SETC. (2002)