Playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage in 1978 and continues to serve as the company’s producing artistic director. Under Wiles’ 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. More than 100 productions of Wiles’ plays and musicals have been produced across America from Hawaii to Maine and internationally as far away as Newfoundland and The Netherlands. Wiles grew up on a cotton farm in rural Fort Motte, S.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an M.F.A. in dramatic art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976. Wiles’ 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’ works are published and licensed by Dramatic Publishing, and the boy who stole the stars was anthologized in Coleman Jennings’ 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 & 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.