Stephen Hunt was born in Belleville, Ontario, and grew up in Winnipeg, before hitting the road for stops in Grande Prairie, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Los Angeles and now Calgary . He was one of the last of the hitch-hikers, before attending graduate school at UBC, where he got an MFA in Creative Writing. Along the way, he has worked as a Domo Gas jockey, electrician’s apprentice, gas plant labourer, tree planter, Manhattan brunch waiter serving the world’s largest pancakes, art mover, internet comedy writer, and production assistant for Emmy Award-winning Edward James Olmos’ production company at ABC Television.
Since 2006, he has been an entertainment reporter and theatre critic at the Calgary Herald. He’s the author of the satirical guidebook, The White Guy: A Field Guide (Douglas & McIntyre, 2008). He has had a number of plays produced Off-Off Broadway, including The White Guy, his solo show that was produced by the Public Theatre in New York, and HBO Workspace in LA. It was anthologized by Applause Books in Best American Short Plays 1997-98. Stephen is a longtime contributor to the CBC Radio program Definitely Not the Opera who has written for the LA Times, New York Post, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Australian Financial Review, Italian Rolling Stone, The Globe & Mail, FQ, Shift, Toro, Saturday Night, and many others. He’s a board member of the Canadian Theatre Critics Association, and lives in Calgary with his family.