Zoje Stage: BIO

Zoje = ZOH-yuh (rhymes with "glad to KNOW ya") 
Stage = It's not a trick, it's just like the stage you perform on.

Official Author Photo by Gabrianna Dacko

Zoje Stage is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of BABY TEETH, WONDERLAND, and GETAWAY. A former filmmaker with a penchant for the dark and suspenseful, she lives in Pittsburgh.

Zoje Stage's debut novel, BABY TEETH (2018), received four star reviews, was a USA Today and international bestseller, and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. It is currently under option for a film adaptation by Village Roadshow/Valparaiso Pictures. Her second "mind-bending" (NY Times) novel, WONDERLAND (2020), was one of Book Riot's Best Horror Books of 2020 and one of Overdrive's Best Audio Books of 2020. GETAWAY (2021), "stunning...Stage's third triumph" (Booklist, starred review) was named by LitReactor as one of the Best Books of 2021. She lives in Pittsburgh.

Before turning to novels, Zoje Stage had a deep and eclectic background in film and theatre. Highlights include being a 2012 Emerging Storytellers Fellow from the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP.org), and a 2008 Fellow in Screenwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA.org). In 2009 she won the Screenplay Live! Screenwriting Competition, which afforded her the opportunity to direct a staged reading of her winning script, THE MACHINE WHO LOVED, for the High Falls Film Festival (Rochester, NY). Zoje has written-directed-produced numerous zero-budget films, including the documentary short BEST OF LUCK ("an amusing take on the travails of aspiring writers" - The New York Times). Her films have screened at venues such as Anthology Film Archives and Two Boots Pioneer Theater (both in NYC), Film Kitchen (Pittsburgh, PA), and Emerging Filmmakers (Rochester, NY). As a playwright, Zoje is most proud of her play MONSTER, which was produced in Pittsburgh by the Upstairs Theatre ("Ms. Stage now makes her own contribution to holocaust literature with a demanding and intensely felt play... a must-see for those wanting another view of why and how the holocaust happened." - The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). After living in Rochester, NY for many years, she is back in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.