Jeffrey Stanley (born September 3, 1967) is a playwright born in Roanoke, Virginia. He began writing in elementary school, and graduated from New York University Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Film Program and Graduate Dramatic Writing Program. He was also a guest at Yaddo, a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, and a 2014-15 Amtrak Residency for Writers recipient. He was a 2011-12 PDC playwright-in-residence at Philadelphia's Plays and Players Theatre.
His first success came with the play Tesla's Letters (1999), a semi-autobiographical wartime drama set in the Balkans just before the Kosovo crisis, produced Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. The cast included Victor Slezak and Judith Roberts. The play went on to many other productions and public readings around the world.
That was followed by Medicine, Man (2003), a supernatural dark comedy inspired by his grandmother's death in an Appalachian hospital. The play was commissioned by and premiered at the Mill Mountain Theatre in Stanley's hometown and featured Janelle Schremmer (Chalk), Bev Appleton (The Answer Man) and George C. Hosmer (The Hebrew Hammer).
He also performs autobiographical comic monologues including The Golden Horseshoe: A Lecture On Tragedy, Beautiful Zion: A Book of the Dead and Boneyards.
He has written and directed a number of short plays, one of which he adapted into the award-winning short film Lady in a Box, a satire loosely inspired by the Terri Schiavo case, starring Sarita Choudhury and John Lordan (The Company). He is a past president of the board of directors of the New York Neo-Futurists experimental theatre troupe.
Stanley has written articles for the Washington Post, Time Out New York, The New York Times, the New York Press, The Brooklyn Rail and Hemispheres, and he was a senior editorial adviser to the nonfiction book on apocalypse movements The End That Does. He has also been a guest on Coast to Coast AM.
He teaches film and theatre courses at New York University and Drexel University.