|Stephen Bittrich lived in New York City for many, many years, now lives in Austin, but grew up in the small town of Seguin, Texas.
His first play was a 35-minute Star Trek tribute in junior high school where he penned himself into the starring role of Captain Kirk.
After college, he moved to New York to be an actor, but soon put his English major skills to good use writing plays during the slow acting periods. He often wrote late at night during one of his survival jobs, graveyard shift security guard.
When his daughter was born he decided the life of the playwright would offer him more opportunities to be near her during the important years, so he cut way down on the acting focus.
His short plays Brain Sucking (Dramatics Magazine, 1995), Duty Honor Country (The New York Theater Experience, 2005), The Proposal (Smith and Kraus, 2006), and Hole (Smith and Kraus, 2011) have been published, as well as monologues in Best Men's Stage Monologues 2005 (Smith and Kraus, 2005), Best Men's Stage Monologues & Scenes 2012 (Smith and Kraus, 2012), Best Women's Stage Monologues & Scenes 2012 (Smith and Kraus, 2012). Home of the Great Pecan has now been published by Broadway Play Publishing Company Inc (who also handle the licensing rights) and by Indie Theater Now.
For over 15 years he has worked primarily with The Drilling CompaNY on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There he's had 13 new short plays and 2 full-lengths produced and there he's also gone on to develop 4 new full-length plays: The Acquisition, Even, Healer, and Hole.
Healer was optioned by the film company Past Present Productions, and the hope is that it will be shot as an independent feature.
He was a "Top 30 Finalist" out of over 5000 entries in the first Project Greenlight (an HBO reality show) with his screenplay, Desert Rites, based upon his play of the same name.
He is the proud father of an 20 year old who attends San Jose State.
Whole one-acts and excerpts from other full-lengths may be read on his website www.StephenBittrich.com