Stephanie Ybarra is an artistic producer with nearly 20 years of experience at theaters across the United States and was appointed the Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage in 2018. Previously, she was on the senior leadership team at The Public Theater as Director of Special Artistic Projects where she lead the Mobile Shakespeare Unit and Public Forum. In addition to The Public, Stephanie served as curator and casting director of Crossing Borders Latinx Festival at Two River Theater, and as the Producer's Lab Liaison for WP Theater.
Stephanie's career began her home state of Texas, where she worked with Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Children's Theater. She then fled to cooler climes, spending time with Citizen Schools, a national after-school program based in Boston, Two River Theater and Yale Repertory Theatre. Stephanie made her NYC producing debut with the original production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s "The Brothers Size," for which she received the inaugural Producer’s Chair Award from the Foundry Theatre. She went on to serve as the first Producing Director for Playwrights Realm and Producing Artistic Director for The Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project, where shepherded new work by playwrights and directors alike. Stephanie also co-founded the Artists’ Anti-Racism Coalition, a grassroots effort to help the Off-Broadway community dismantle systems of exclusion and oppression.
Stephanie is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Josephine Abady Award in producing from New York's League of Professional Theatre Women, and the Congressional Award for Achievement in Excellence from Zara Aina, an international nonprofit dedicated to community-engaged artmaking. In 2015, she was the recipient of TCG’s Continuing Education Grant, which took her to Peru to research socio-political theater. Stephanie is a graduate of Baylor University (BFA) and Yale School of Drama (MFA).