Stevedore Productions was founded in 1997 by Michele Remsen, when she wrote and directed the first Stevedore production:
Two in the Morning, a 35-mm short fim, starring Selma Blair and Peter Frechette.
Then in 1999, Michele and Craig Carlisle pooled their talented friends and the STEVEDORE CONFEDERACY was born as a sandbox for fellow New York writers, actors and directors to hone the craft and have some fun between L.A. gigs. Weapon of choice: the original short-American play.
Beginning with MY BITTER VALENTINE: Love and Other Public Humiliations, the "theater party" format of original short plays proved an instant hit. Each year brought successive Bitter Valentines. Other thematic evenings soon followed -- all which explored the gamut of human frailties, in styles ranging from dark comedy to urbane to farcical to musical - these included: My Bitter Valentine (I, II, III, IV), Unclean Hands, The Angry and The Lame, Autumn in LA, Misanthropic Delight, Kittens & Flowers and The Other Shoe. Stevedore Confederacy artists include: Kenneth Lonergan (writer/director, You Can Count On Me, Gangs of New York), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Liz Tuccillo (writer, Sex and The City, He’s Just Not That Into You), Kate Walsh (Private Practice), Noah Emmerich (The Americans, Little Children), Elizabeth Benjamin (writer, Bones, United States of Tara), Glenn Kessler (creator, Damages), Sam Caitlin (writer, Breaking Bad), Melissa Fitzgerald (West Wing) and the late Bruno Kirby (When Harry Met Sally, The Godfather II).
From the first MBV, Stevedore shows sparked interest across the L.A. industry, generating SPAWN of STEVEDORE shows which were invited to the HBO-WARNER BROS Workspace for television series development consideration. Those artists included: Michele Remsen, Craig Carlisle, Michael Leydon Campbell, Liz Tuccillo, Kathleen Dennehy, Sam Catlin and Elizabeth Warner. Warner's Wandering Eye and Carlisle's Bob Funk in Therapy were chosen for the HBO ASPEN COMEDY FESTIVAL, and Catlin's This Might Hurt and Remsen's The Good Life were invited to PSNBC in New York for television series development consideration by NBC.
Stevedore also began branching out to produce full-length plays, including Craig Carlisle's Bob Funk, Spine by Jessie McCormack and Liz Tuccillo's Cheyenne: A Transwestern, which together garnered Ovation nominations and rave reviews.
Other Stevedore projects include Michele Remsen's very short film, Twas, produced by Red Navel Filmworx. And in 2003, Stevedore became the first co-production at the Frank Gehry-designed Edgemar Center for the Arts, with a six-week run of The Other Shoe.
The current Stevedore Production is Michele Remsen's award-winning short film, JUKE, based on her short play, Trade, which was first produced by the Confederacy. Featuring Sound Design & Mixing by Oscar-winners for Martin Scorsese's HUGO : Eugene Gearty and Tom Fleischman.