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Stephen Cone

Stephen Cone

Stephen Cone is a Los Angeles and Chicago-based director, writer and actor. He recently finished filming his latest feature Princess Cyd, which is set to release in 2017. His film, Henry Gamble's Birthday Party (2015) premiered at the Maryland Film Festival and went on to win the SHOUT Jury award and the Audience Narrative Award at the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in 2015.His 2012 film, the award-winning, critically-acclaimed The Wise Kids, which the Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips called "one of the best coming-of-age pictures in a long time", won 8 awards, including the Outfest Grand Jury Prizes for Outstanding US Feature and Outstanding Screenwriting, received rave reviews, including a New York Times Critics‘ Pick, as well as raves in Variety and from Roger Ebert, appeared on four Best of 2011 lists (including the Chicago Tribune's and Chicago Reader's) and was recently acquired for DVD/VOD by Wolfe Video.

While dabbling in the Chicago theatre scene in the early 2000s, Stephen founded Cone Arts to facilitate the making of his own films. Since then, he has written, produced and directed the short films Church Story, Young Wives (2007 LA Shorts Fest) and 7 Experiments, as well as his medium-length feature debut The Christians (Gene Siskel Film Center; Philadelphia Independent Film Festival; NewFilmmakers @ Anthology Film Archives) and his full-length features, In Memoriam (Gene Siskel Film Center, Big Muddy Film Festival), The Wise Kids, Black Box, starring Josephine Decker and Austin Pendleton, and Henry Gamble's Birthday Party.

As a playwright, his work has been seen in Austin and New York, and at Chicago Dramatists, Collaboraction and Bailiwick in Chicago. For the side project theatre company, Stephen has directed his own plays The Dancer, Henry Hettinger and Raised. He has twice been a Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist and his short play The November Boy was a finalist for the Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon. His short plays I'll Never Tell You, Young Wives and We Came Here Because It's Beautiful have been featured in Collaboraction's Sketchbooks 5, 6 and 7 (as well as the Sketchbook "greatest hits" revue Reverb), and his one-act Cut To : A Stream was commissioned by Collaboraction for The Siddhartha Project. Also for Collaboraction, he directed a workshop production of his own play Stonehenge.

Other theatre directing work includes the side project's World Premiere of Philip Dawkins' Perfect, the same theatre's critically-acclaimed Chicago premiere of Sarah Kane's Crave, as well as readings and productions for Bailiwick and Dog & Pony. In the summer of 2011, prior to relocating to Los Angelos Stephen made his Chicago stage acting debut in the World Premiere of Philip Dawkins' The Homosexuals at About Face Theatre in Chicago, for which he was named one of the seven Hot New Faces of the Chicago Stage by the Chicago Tribune. Check out Stephen's work: IMDB Page THE WISE KIDS Trailer IN MEMORIAM Trailer THE CHRISTIANS Trailer


"Stephen (Stephen Cone, Instructor - Rock the Indie Film Callback) is the kind of instructor you could take classes from over and over and keep learning!"

— ASC Cinema Lab Student

"I loved working with Stephen (Stephen Cone, Instructor, Cinema Lab). What a wonderful experience divising our shorts for weeks in class. But the best was when we got to shoot our shorts. Loved it!"

— ASC Cinema Lab Student

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ASC Cinema Lab student, Dana Tretta and ASC faculty member, Jennifer Glasse were in the staged reading of In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play for the Chicago Inclusion Project at TimeLine Theatre.