As a performer Stella is an associate artist with Improbable, has worked with comedy and impro company Spontaneous Combustion since 1988, and is an occasional guest with the Comedy Store Players.
She has directed several plays, most recently Matthew Saville's Kikia te Poa for Shaky Isles Theatre. She has appeared in a variety of BBC Radio 4 sitcoms, plays and quiz shows.
She has taught improvisation, theatre and writing techniques to actors and writers at BAC, the Arvon Foundation, the National Youth Theatre, Rose Bruford Drama School, Wandsworth Prison, Hunstanton Young Offenders Institution, Exeter University, Falmouth College of Arts, and many schools (primary and secondary). She'll teach most people for money. Or martinis. Ideally both.
Stella has written eleven novels, published over thirty short stories, and many feature articles for Elle, Marie Claire, Red, The Independent, The Guardian and The Times.
Her play Crocodiles and Bears was produced by Steam Industry at BAC in 1999. With the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain she adapted the stage version of her novel Immaculate Conceit for the Lyric Hammersmith in 2003, devised and directed Cell Sell for the Soho Theatre in 2005, and wrote Prime Resident for the NYT's 50th anniversary season in 2006. She has written three solo shows - Breaststrokes and The Tedious Predictability of Falling in Love for herself, Close to You for Sarah Davison. She also writes for radio.
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