EJ Stapleton

EJ Stapleton

The Calico Buffalo
Author, Illustrator and Playwright

Austin, Texas

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July 2014
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About EJ

EJ Stapleton is a writer-illustrator-lyricist, born in Boston, Massachusetts. EJ was educated through the Boston Public School system and spent most of his time there searching for whatever information he could gather about art and the artists who generate it. In 1971, he left for a two-week trip to Italy. He returned in 1973. This began what continues today to be a lifetime of searching. A lifetime of learning, handshake by handshake, the true heart of the human race.

In the mid-1970's EJ was lucky enough to find himself in the company of Joseph Solman, one of the founders of the American Expressionist movement, in New York City. Until his death in 2008 at age ninety-nine, Mr. Solman was one of the most active and powerful influences in the art world and a steadfast source of influence and inspiration to all facets of EJ's work.

A chance 1970s meeting with the brilliant Charles Nelson Riley landed EJ at HB Studios, NY where he studied acting with the formidable Uta Hagen, Bill Hickey, Austin Pendleton and Sandy Dennis.

In 2012, EJ, along with Grammy-award winning composer Peter Stopschinski and NY director Craig J. George, began work on an adaptation of The Calico Buffalo for musical theater. The Calico Buffalo Musical was first presented in New York at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) where the show enjoyed sold-out houses, an extended run and took home the coveted Audience Award, ‘BEST of FEST’. EJ Stapleton is a 2017 & 2018 Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist.

(NOTE: EJ Stapleton and illustrator India Baldwin are one and the same.)


  • The Bystander Theory

    The Bystander Theory (2013)
    Film (Drama) Actor After inheriting a home from a grandparent she never knew, a woman must unravel her family's mysterious past and their secret link to the assassination of an American President.

  • How to Tie a Double Windsor on Crack

    How to Tie a Double Windsor on Crack (2012)
    Film (Short and Comedy) Actor Add a Plot »

  • Premonition

    Premonition (2007)
    Film (Drama, Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller) Actor The middle-class couple Linda Hanson and Jim Hanson live a wasted and routine relationship with their two daughters in their comfortable house in the suburbs. On a Thursday morning, the local sheriff visits Linda and tells her that her husband died in a car accident on the previous day. On the next morning, when Linda awakes, she finds Jim safe and sound at home. When she awakes on the next morning, she realizes that her days are out of order, but her family and friends believe she is insane. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Bending Light

    Bending Light (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actor Add a Plot »


  • Finalist for the American Theatre Wing's 'Jonathan Larson Grant'

  • Finalist for the American Theatre Wing's 'Jonathan Larson Grant'

  • New York Musical Theatre Festival, 'Best of Fest' (The Calico Buffalo Musical)

  • Editor's Choice Award, 'Book of the Year'-Georgia Family Magazine (The Calico Buffalo)

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