Stef Smith has written professionally since graduating from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, where she studied Drama and Theatre Arts, in 2009. She is currently under commission the Traverse Theatre, the National Theatre Scotland, and the National Theatre.
Her most recent play GIRL IN THE MACHINE received its premiere at the Traverse Theatre this year. This full-length version was commissioned following an initial 10-minute play, which was performed as part of the BREAKFAST PLAYS: TECH WILL TEAR US APART (?) series during the Traverse Festival 2016.
Her play HUMAN ANIMALS received its world premiere in 2016 at the Royal Court Theatre in London as part of their 60th anniversary season.
Her Traverse Theatre Commission SWALLOW opened to widespread critical acclaim, and won a Scotsman’s Fringe First Award and the Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award, as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
In 2015, her play REMOTE has been performed across the country in 2015 as part of the NT Connections Festival. Also in 2015, her play AND THE BEAT GOES ON premiered in a Random Accomplice/Perth Theatre co-production and toured Scotland.
In 2014 Stef was part of the writing team for NEWS JUST IN at The Arches: a project created for the Commonwealth Games as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Her Theatre Uncut play SMOKE (AND MIRRORS) was performed at the Traverse Theatre, in collaboration with Turkish theatre company DOT, in August 2014 and Stef ws part of Team Effort!: a twelve-month collaborative project at the Southside Studios in Glasgow.
Her play CURED headlined the 2013 Glasgay! Festival and earlier in the same year GREY MATTER was produced at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, and WOMAN OF THE YEAR at the Oran Mor in Glasgow.
Stef wrote and produced an intertwining duologue entitled Falling/Flying for The Tron theatre in Glasgow. During this time she was awarded the 2011 New Playwrights’ Award by the Playwrights' Studio.
Also in 2011, Stef became writer on attachment with The National Theatre of Scotland, she also received Creative Scotland funding for her show The Silence of Bees, which was produced in April 2012.
Stef wrote the text for critically acclaimed and sell out 2010 show RoadKill, which has won numerous awards including an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, a Herald Angel Award, the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, a Fringe First Award, a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, and the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize. As well as Edinburgh, ROADKILL has been presented in London, Paris, Chicago and New York.
Stef is an Associate Artist for the Traverse Theatre and is currently working as a mentor on Graeae’s WRITE TO PLAY programme. She is running workshops for the West Yorkshire Playhouse in support of the National Theatre’s New Views programme for writers aged 15-19. Following on from being part of the Royal Court Theatre’s National Writer’s Group in 2013, Stef now teaches as part of their young writers programme.