Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Stephanie Murphy was born on a hot August afternoon with a Cubs hat on her head and a slice of deep dish in her right hand. Her childhood was spent lip-synching to Whitney Houston and arguing with her cousins over who got to play the Virgin Mary in her family's annual Christmas pageant.  Little did Stephanie know that once her turn came to wear Grandma's slip on her head, she would be bitten by the stage bug...at least she hopes that's what it was.

In college, Stephanie developed a caffeine addiction while alternating between studying downstate at Illinois State University and working both on and offstage as a company member at New World Repertory Theater in Chicago.  Her mentor at the time gave her the following advice:  "If you want to be an actor, that's great.  Get some training and experience as much of life as you possibly can."

Upon graduation, Stephanie moved back to Chicago full-time and lived off of Ramen noodles, the generosity of the Tamale Man, and the occasional garnish that she could sneak from one of the bars her friends worked at.   When she wasn't dining on maraschino cherries,  Stephanie worked with Abraham Werewolf, The Consortium Project, and HartLife Productions.  She also performed sketch comedy and improvisation with No, It's a Spaceship! Productions and Give Please a Chance.  When she should have been sleeping, Stephanie studied at The Second City, IO Theatre, Profiles Theatre, and Fox Valley Rep.  

In 2012, a nice Italian man offered Stephanie a lot of money to go to graduate school at the University of Georgia, so she packed everything into the back of her dented Pontiac, and moved to Athens to pursue her MFA in Performance.  In Georgia, she has had the opportunity to work  with The Alliance in Atlanta and Rose of Athens Theatre.  She also had the opportunity to travel to Cortona Italy as a teaching assistant in the summer of 2014.  She developed a love of grits and accidentally said "y'all" a total of 156 times.

Upon graduation, Stephanie returned to Chicago and continued working with the online audiodrama Our Fair City (including their live performance at the 2015 Chicago Fringe Festival), MadKap Productions, Mercy Street Theatre, and Evil Iguana Productions.  She also had a blast teaching at the College of Dupage and Beyond the Stars Performing Arts Academy.

In the fall of 2016, Stephanie sold the Pontiac and began teaching at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Having adequately honed her trap-and-release skills with the lizards that snuck into her apartment, Stephanie decided that she had seen enough of rural Texas and that it was time to return home to Chicago.

Also a writer, Stephanie has written comedy for Evil Iguana Productions.  Her one-act Pray That the Gods Make Me Honest was performed by Simple Theatre in Chicago, and her full length play From the Base of Mount Trashmore was recently produced as part of Three Brothers Theatre's WTF (Waukegan Theatre Festival) in July of 2015. She continues to write and perform improv as half of the two-woman team The B-Plot, and as a stand-up comedian.

 

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