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Stephen Sacco

Education and Experience

Stephen holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Columbia University in New York.

His play “Dance of the Fat Kid” won the B. Rodney Marriott Award in Playwriting. He has worked as a journalist in New York and the American South; winning two shared first-place awards from the New York Associated Press and the first-place prize for investigative journalism from the Georgia Press Association for exposing mismanagement in state-provided mental health services.

Stephen is writing a novel under the supervision of Professor John Burnside to be called “Little Aldo,” about a dwarf of uncertain origins, known as Aldo. Aldo has become a sought-after political consult in the U. S. by offering draconian, take-no-prisoners screeds, but he almost ruins his career when, for the very first time in his life, he falls in love.

His academic research focuses on how the figure of the dwarf in selected works of modern and contemporary literature (Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum, for instance) has been used to evoke emancipation and vulnerability, particularly as it relates to the social and political issues of the day.

Stephen was a recipient of the Santander Mobility Grant in 2016, which he used to do research in Poland, in both the city of Wrocław where graffiti depicting dwarfs was used to protest authoritarianism, and at Auschwitz, where the Nazis killed many dwarfs as part of their eugenics programme.


EN2004 Drama: Reading and Performance
The Writing Lab

Conference Papers

“The Emancipating Dwarf: fairy tales, carnival, and laughter as leveller”, Humor as Embodied Practice, International Society for the Study of Humor, Trinity College, Dublin

Stephen Sacco



PhD Student: post-war literature; literature and politics; depictions of the grotesque, American literature and drama