Title: Playwright, Writer
Location: Chula Vista, California, United States
Stephen Avery, Playwright and Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in writing and community service.
Having accrued more than three decades of varied experiences, Mr. Avery became involved in his profession due to a desire to live a life of contribution and significance. An accomplished playwright and writer, he commenced his career as a freelance reporter for the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and New Era in Hot Springs, Arkansas from 1970 to 1973. Pivoting to playwriting, over the years, Mr. Avery has authored numerous plays such as “Hungry: Three Plays” and “Because” from 1991. In addition, he wrote “Insidious” in 1992 and “Burning Bridges” in 1999. Mr. Avery also served as a production partner to “Ever Again,” a Moriah Films Documentary, in 2005 and “Viva la Causa,” a Southern Poverty Law Center Documentary, in 2008.
Upon his civic endeavors, Mr. Avery serves as a founding sponsor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Flight 93 National Memorial and National Museum of American Jewish History. Since 2005, he has been on the president’s council for the World Jewish Congress and the scholarship committee for the American Indian Education Fund Partnership with Native Americans, as well as involved with Americares, the International Rescue Committee and National Republican Congressional Committee since 2004. Additionally, Mr. Avery has been a founding member of the National Campaign for Tolerance and a member of the founder’s circle to the Vada Sheild Community Development Center at Arkansas State University since 2002 and an active member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 2001. Prior to his current roles, between 2002 and 2018, Mr. Avery has also been involved with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, American Jewish Committee, Beil Hashoah Museum of Tolerance, President’s Dinner for George W. Bush, Senatorial Election Platform Committee and Statue of Liberty Museum and Ellis Island.
Serving with the U.S. Navy from 1973 to 1977, Mr. Avery cites the highlight of his career was his participation in the rescue and first-stage relocation of Vietnamese refugees while serving with the USS Denver in 1975. He was also proud of becoming an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement inductee. Finding great success throughout his career, he was inducted to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Wall of Honor in 2018 and the Republican Presidential Honor Roll by Order of the Executive Committee of the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2005. Notably, Mr. Avery also earned a Gateway Award from Save Ellis Island, Inc. in 2012, as well as a Medallion of Commitment, Leadership Award and Nahum Goldmann Leadership Award from the World Jewish Congress Foundation in 2013, 2011 and 2007, respectively. He also achieved a Republican Senatorial American Spirit Medal in 2007 and a Congressional Order of Merit in 2006 and 2007. Mr. Avery attributes his career success to dedication, perseverance, good luck and his patient wife, Kathleen.
Presently, Mr. Avery maintains affiliation with the Drama League, American Film Institute, Theater Communications Group, Authors Guild, Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., Americans for the Arts Action Fund and Habitat for Humanity International. He also holds membership with the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian Institution, National World War II Museum, National Museum for Women in the Arts, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Save Ellis Island, Inc. and National Campaign for Tolerance. In addition, Mr. Avery is a charter member of the National September 11th Museum and George W. Bush Presidential Center, an inaugural member of the Write Stuff Society of the Dramatists Guild Foundation and a National Kennedy Center Patron. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Avery can also be found in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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