Searching for Landmines | Adam J. Stephenson | Script Shop Episode 016

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"A cancer-ridden English teacher and an adopted Korean teenager cross paths in Chicago while searching for identity and the relationships that define family."

About Screenwriter Adam J. Stephenson

Adam Stephenson is an American actor and screenwriter known for the films Huevos Rancheros, Evan's Crime, and PROXY. He can also be seen in 2018 on TV in episodes of Thirteen Reasons Why and ATLANTA.

Born in Baytown, TX and raised near Houston and the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Adam never lived anywhere for more than 4 years before reaching college. He often refers to himself as an "accidental actor". After graduating with a B.S. in Secondary Education from Louisiana State University, Adam landed in Chicago substitute teaching. While applying for full time teaching positions, he interned briefly at a talent agency. Eventually the film industry offered more opportunity and he abandoned teaching to jump straight into auditioning; quickly landing an agent who recommend he get more training.

That training led to The Second City Conservatory where he graduated from their program in 2012. Part of the conservatory program included introductions to Sketch & Screen Writing. It helped Adam reshape his understanding of writing from the long form prose he learned at LSU to the performance mediums he is now in. Since then he has written and produced several webseries, and his short film Huevos Rancheros, which has played at 11 film festivals and received 5 Best Drama Short nominations and 1 win at the Windy City Film Fest. His Feature screenplay Searching for Landmines won Best Screenplay at Twister Alley Film Fest.

Adam is married and shares two rescue mutts with his wife. They also share an extensive library. Adam is an avid reader and reads an average of 120 books a year. He has been known to say, “Sometimes it works out to put the cart before the horse."

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