Stephen Murphree, 57, of Concord, California, died July 25th at home while asleep, after a long battle with late-stage Renal Disease. He is survived by his mother Mary, brothers Matt and Chris, sister-in-law Lorette, and nephew and niece Tobias and Tessa. He is also survived by many aunt’s, uncles and cousins.
Stephen was born October 30 1961, in Concord, to Jay and Mary Murphree. He graduated from Concord High School in 1980. He also attended Diablo Valley College, UC Berkley, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena.
Since 1999 Stephen worked as Artistic Director at “Act Now” in Walnut Creek. The organization promotes and participates in local theater in the East Bay. Anyone that knew Stephen is aware of his relentless passion for Theater. His thespian career began at age 16 at the Young Repertory Workshop in Walnut Creek. He then continued in drama in high school and DVC in too many productions to name. He was known for his performances in “Hair” at the Willows Theater in 1981 (in the role of “Claude”), and “Key Exchange” in 1984. He wrote and performed often at Mystery Dinner Theater in and around Walnut Creek. He was also known for directing a production of David Mamet’s, "Glengary Glen Ross" at the Regional Theater in Walnut Creek in 2005.
He will be greatly missed.