STEVE HARPER, an award-winning writer/actor/producer/director, has guided the development of thousands of writers (professional and aspiring) since he began coaching in 2008.
A graduate of Yale, the A.R.T. program at Harvard, the playwriting program at Julliard, and the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Steve is also a certified Creativity Coach who specializes in working with professional and aspiring dramatic writers. He’s run workshops in New York, L.A. (and in-between) on a variety of subjects, including: TV writing and playwriting, getting and working with agents, maintaining a positive attitude, and establishing a creative flow. Steve received his coach certification through The Creativity Coaching Association and is a certified Co-Leader with the international non-profit The Mankind Project. In addition to facilitating his own workshops and classes, Steve has taught for The UCLA Extension School, The Harvardwood Writers Group, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Young Playwrights and The Creative Gym. He has been a guest speaker at USC’s Annenberg School, Georgia Southern University, The University of Montavallo, Loyola Marymount University and Drexel University’s summer session in L.A.
Steve is currently Co-Producer on the new TNT Thriller Tell Me Your Secrets (premiering in 2019). He’s previously written for ABC’s American Crime created by Oscar Winner John Ridley. Steve spent two seasons writing for the USA Network show Covert Affairs. His original web series Send Me, (about black woman who can send black people back in time to the period of slavery) was nominated for an Emmy in 2016. Steve wrote, acted and Executive Produced along with Tony winner Sara Ramirez (Madam Secretary). The series stars Tracie Thoms (Emmy nominee for this role), Gabrielle Carteris (Beverly Hills 90210), Jerrika Hinton (Grey’s Anatomy), Jasika Nicole (The Good Doctor), Carlease Burke (Ballers) and Nelsan Ellis (True Blood).
Steve’s plays have been produced and developed by Classical Theater of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film, Freedom Train Productions, Sacred Fools, New Professional Theatre, Summer Play Festival/Naked Angels, Tribeca Theatre Festival, Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, American Theatre Company (Chicago), Falcon Theatre, Malibu Playhouse and Celebration Theatre (LA). His plays include: Princeton Theory, Black/Out Stories, The Escape Artist’s Children, Urban Rabbit Chronicles, How to Teach the Civil War, First Encounter, and Actual Cost (Juilliard /100th Anniversary: published by The Kenyon Review Online).
As an actor, Steve has appeared in theatre (The Guthrie, Kennedy Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, Williamstown) on national TV (The Arsenio Hall Show, Law & Order SVU, 90210, Rescue Me, Homicide) and in film (Chico & Rita, Broadway’s Finest, Dark September Rain).
In addition to blogging on yourcreativelife.com, Steve has written articles for a variety of publications including Huffington Post Black Voices, The Good Men Project, and Medium.com.
Awards include the Artistic Achievement Award (Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale), Millennium Telly Award, Le Compte du Nouy prize at Juilliard (two-time recipient), a MacDowell Coloney NEA fellowship and two Yaddo fellowships.