Through her works Minda Stephens seeks to put historic events into perspective for contemporary audiences. She believes that the ultimate transcendence of the human spirit is dependent upon the arts, sciences, laughter, and the philosophy of the stoics.
Ms Stephens is a playwright, artist, and musician. She has been awarded production and grant opportunities that include: Stageworks’ Brave New Voices, the McLean Comedy Competition, the Midwestern Radio Theatre Production (National Public Radio production, and Theatre Americana (Altadena/Los Angeles) production awards.
Her grants for scriptwriting have come from: the Archaeological Institute of America, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Humanities Council, United Arts of Central Florida, and in 2007 was the recipient of the first ever Friends of Annie Grant (through Rollins College), which presented her play, Matanzas: A Survivor’s Story at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in May of 2007, and led to a ten-year run of the play regionally and nationally. The Minneapolis Playwrights' Center presented her play, The Trial of Phryne in 2015. Her play, Dottie's Last Hand, had its premiere reading at the Playwrights' Center in 2014 and was a finalist at the McLaren Comedy Writing Festival 2015/2016.