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In Memory: Stephen R. Lawson, Age 73

Obituary - cloudsStephen R. Lawson, 73, died on February 7, 2023, of natural causes at his home in Williamstown.

Steve was born in Rye, NY, and graduated from Rye High School in 1967.

He graduated from Williams College in 1971 with a BA in English, and from Yale University School of Drama in 1976 with an MFA in Drama. At Williams, he was an active participant in Cap & Bells, receiving the Gilbert Gabriel award, and began his long association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was part of the Theatre Festival for over 50 years, as an actor, writer, dramaturg, and director. He was a founder of the Free Theatre and was instrumental in setting up and being a member of the late-night Cabaret for many years.

A prolific student of film, he founded and ran the Williamstown Film Festival for 15 years. He took great joy in bringing independent films and documentaries to the Berkshires, along with their actors, writers, and directors.

His writing talents were evident. He wrote for television, including St. Elsewhere and The Dick Cavett Show, nationally for publications as diverse as the New York Times, Travel and Leisure and Saturday Review, and more locally for the Williams Alumni Review. He held an early position with Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City, before settling in Williamstown full-time.

He is survived by his brother Jon and sister-in-law Nicole of Rhinebeck, NY.


  1. I’m am sorry to hear about Steve Lawson passing away in February. It’s been a long time since I have seen any of my class mates from Rye High. I was also a graduate in the 1967 class.

    Steve appeared to have had a good and joyous life, especially in theatre. Rye high truly afforded that opportunity for those who desired to be the best they could be in this life.

    Rest in peace Steve from Ricky Scroggins alias Chris James media Air Name.


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