As a producer of theater, film, concerts and nightclub events, Stephen Pevner has helped foster the careers of some of the most culturally relevant artists of his generation. Pevner commissioned an original screenplay from a young Columbia Univ. politico, Beau Willimon, on which the play Farragut North is based. Staged to much acclaim at The Atlantic Theater Company and The Geffen Playhouse with Chris Noth and Chris Pine, the production was included in Time’s Top 10 for 2008 and was adapted as a motion picture this past fall, The Ides of March with George Clooney directing and starring alongside Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marissa Tomei, and Evan Rachael Wood. The film opened the 2011 Venice Film Festival and played at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award, four Golden Globes, a Producers Guild Award for Best Picture, and recognized as one of the Top 10 Films of the Year by the National Board of Review.
As an independent motion picture and theatrical literary agent/manager he represented some of the most culturally relevant writers/ filmmakers of his generation including Richard Linklater, Gregg Araki and Todd Solonz. Beginning in 1995, Pevner produced the premiere productions of his playwright client Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, which went on to win a 1996 Obie Award before being hailed as a bone-fide phenomenon across the world stage. The following year, Pevner helped launch the career of playwright client Neil LaBute by producing his first feature film, In the Company of Men, winner of the Filmmakers’ Trophy at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Independent Spirit Award and New York Film Critics Award for Best First Feature Film.
While serving as executive producer of LaBute’s follow-up movies, Your Friends and Neighbors, Nurse Betty and Possession, Pevner served as the impresario behind New York City’s longest-running and largest underground dance parties via his company The Saint At Large©. At the helm of these most storied and celebrated dance parties, Pevner continues to work with and introduce a stable of the highest caliber musical talent to New York audiences including the producing New York concert debuts of Jennifer Hudson (2006) and Róisín Murphy (2008).
In 1999, Pevner introduced theater audiences to LaBute as Lead Producer of Bash (Off-Broadway, LA, London). Starring Calista Flockhart, Paul Rudd, Ron Eldard and directed by Joe Mantello, the play was filmed live as a Showtime Presentation (Winner of Jury Award for Best Television Movie at Canadian Banff Awards) and Named Top 5 Shows of the Year by Time Magazine.
In 2003, Pevner produced the smash hit Hollywood send-up, Matt & Ben, written by and starring Mindy Kaling (The Office, 40-Year Old Virgin) and Brenda Withers. With sit down productions Off-Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago and a National Tour, the play made Time’s Top 10 for 2003.
This past Spring, Pevner produced Caligula Maximus – featuring Kayvon Zand, a musical disco circus showcasing a host of New York’s most celebrated nightlife talent. The genre-breaking show was preceded in 2007 by Schwarzwald – the movie you can dance to, a motion picture incorporating multi-screen projection, live performance and a continuous dance mix. The film installation continues to screen in film and art festivals and nightclubs around the world. In addition to developing other theater and film projects, he is lead producer of the Broadway-bound theatrical production of Tony Award nominee Neil LaBute’s In The Company Of Men.