ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

More than 100 productions of Wiles's plays and musicals have been produced across America from Hawaii to Maine, and internationally as far away as Newfoundland and The Netherlands.

Playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage in 1978 and continues to serve as the company’s Producing Artistic Director. Under Wiles's leadership, Charleston Stage, in residence at Charleston’s Historic Dock Street Theatre and South Carolina's largest resident professional theatre, has grown into one of the region's largest and most respected arts institutions. Wiles has written 31 original plays, musicals, and stage adaptations, many of which have had their premieres at Charleston Stage.

Wiles grew up on a cotton farm in rural  Ft. Motte, South Carolina. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. 

Wiles's many and varied interests are reflected in the wide range of subjects and styles of his work. A number of his works celebrate the rich cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry, and many are based on historical events and characters.

Eight of Wiles's works are published and licensed by The Dramatic Publishing Company, and the boy who stole the stars was anthologized in Coleman Jenning's Twelve Plays for Children With Mature Themes (University of Texas Press, 1996). Two works, Night of the Pterodactyls and the boy who stole the stars, have been published in Dutch and taught in Dutch schools.

Wiles is a recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, South Carolina's highest award in the arts.

In 1988, Wiles was awarded the National Youth Theatre Director's Award by the American Association for Theatre and Education for his work with young people and his writing for young audiences.

Wiles is married to Jenny Hane, his wife of 36 years. They have two children: Marianna, a high school writing teacher in Brooklyn, and Nicholas, an aerospace engineer and software designer in San Francisco.

A CHRONOLOGY OF WRITING

1979 

Caroliniantics 
Seize the Street!  
The Mother Goose Radio Show

1981 

the boy who stole the stars

1982

DuBose Heyward’s The Country Bunny (adaptation)

1983 

The Tradd Street Follies  
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
 (adaptation) 
Twelve Days of Christmas (an early version of Fruitcakes)

1984

Gilbert and Sullivan’s Treasure Island (adaptation)  
A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas (adaptation)

1985

In Dixieland I'll Take My Stand 

1986

Life on the Mississippi (adaptation) 
The Adventures of Robin Hood (adaptation) 

1987

Shakespeare's Clowns, Fools and Buffoons (adaptation) 
Night of the Pterodactyls

1988

a boy and his piano
Huckleberry! (adaptation)

1989

Helium 

1990

Fruitcakes  
Anne of Green Gables
 (adaptation)

1991 

Fire Over the City: The Siege of Charleston 
Dracula, King of Vampires 
(adaptation)

1992

Blitzen! 

1993

The Incandescent Young Tom Edison

1994

Nevermore! Edgar Allan Poe, the Final Mystery

1996

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (adaptation)

1998

The Secret Garden (adaptation)

2003 

Gershwin at Folly  
Beneath the Sweetgrass Moon

2004

The Seat of Justice

2007 

Denmark Vesey: Insurrection

2012 

Inga Binga

2014

A Christmas Carol, A Ghost Story of Christmas (final version)