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Steve Patterson
Founding Member | Public Relations Chair

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he has also been an OBA finalist in 1992, 2002, and 2013). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. The Centering, a one-man show Mr. Patterson co-wrote with Portland actor Chris Harder, was featured at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and the Boulder Fringe Festival, and, in 2007, Mr. Harder won a Drammy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the piece. Mr. Patterson’s play Liberation, produced in Portland and Los Angeles, was published by Original Works Publishing in 2008. In addition to Portland Center Stage, he has worked with Portland Theatre Works, Stark Raving Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Pavement Productions, Toad City Productions, Pulp Diction, and other Portland theatre companies. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and a former member of Portland Center Stage’s PlayGroup playwriting workshop and the Northwest Playwrights Guild. In 2009, he became the Dramatists Guild’s co-representative for Oregon. Since 1995 he has been a published and exhibited photographer, whose work with Portland theatre companies has been reproduced in nearly all Portland metro newspapers and magazines as well as The Sun magazine and literary journals. A former journalist and book editor, he was born in Spokane, Washington.