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"Louis Emmitt-Stern is a rising star playwright" Time Out

Louis is an award-winning writer and director from Gibraltar now based in London. His debut full-length play SLIPPERY, developed on Soho Theatre Writers Lab, won the Tony Craze Award in 2021. It subsequently received a workshop and rehearsed reading at Soho Theatre, and is currently in development for a full production. 

His play I FUCKED YOU IN MY SPACESHIP received a sold-out premiere at VAULT Festival 2023, winning the Origins Award for Outstanding New Work.  It subsequently transferred to Soho Theatre, London, for a three-week run, where it opened to 4 and 5 star reviews. The play is published by Nick Hern Books. A new Australian production will premiere in Melbourne in October 2024. 

Louis' other work has been performed Watford Palace Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, The Pleasance Islington, Ivy Arts Centre, and supported by Farnham Maltings. Louis trained at Guildford School of Acting, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons), and subsequently gained his MFA from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He is an alumnus of the Gibraltar Academy of Music and Performing Arts,  Soho Theatre Writers Lab, Soho Writers Alumni Group, National Theatre Young Playwrights Programme, and Young Lyric Directors Course at Lyric Hammersmith.


In 2023, Louis received the HM Government of Gibraltar Cultural Services Award for Special Achievement, which recognised of his contribution to Gibraltarian theatre and literature, as well as his work with young people in the arts and educational outreach. As a teacher and facilitator, he has led projects with the Battersea Arts Centre, Guildford School of Acting, Exeter's Northcott and Barnfeild Theatres, HM Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Cultural Services, and several school and colleges across the UK and overseas.


Louis is currently on attachment to Oxford Playhouse as a playwright-in-residence, and under commission to the Oxford School of Drama. He is adapting Jane Austen’s MANSFIELD PARK for Guildford School of Acting and Jane Austen’s House, as well as developing his debut TV pilot. His latest play will premiere at The Large at Southwark Playhouse in September 2024. He is represented by Maddie O’Dwyer at Berlin Associates. 

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