Stéphane Mitchell is SWAN co-founder and was SWAN former co-president from 2018 until 2021. She is now a special consultant for SWAN.
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, she graduated with a BFA in «film & TV production» from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and holds an MA in French Literature from Geneva University. Her Master dissertation on the use of costume in French film director Céline Sciama’s teenage trilogy was deemed excellent and is a recipient of the the University of Geneva Gender Prize 2016.
Stéphane worked for 10 years in film and TV production in New York, in production and on sets in the camera department, before returning to Switzerland in order to write.
Her writing debut is the awards winning feature On dirait le sud by Vincent Pluss, winner of Best Swiss Film 2003.
She’s the cocreator and headwriter of the 2 seasons of the European success Quartier des Banques, a 6×52’ Swiss financial thriller, and the headwriter of 2 miniseries: the European teenage success 26×26’ Heidi 15, and T’es pas la seule! a 20×26’ RTS comedy series.
Her Arte-RTS TV script Déchaînées directed by Raymond Vouillamoz, starring Adèle Heanel and Irène Jacob, garnered numerous awards including Best Swiss TV movie 2009, TV5 Best french speaking TV movie 2009, and the Medal of Excellency from Euro Media Awards 2010.
Her 2 published plays cowritten with teenagers garnered critical and commercial success in Switzerland and abroad, and she regularly works for the theatre as a dramaturge.
Stéphane sits on the Board of SSA, Swiss Author’s Society and on the Board of the Swiss Film Academy.
A mother of two girls, Stéphane is proud to be a founding member of SWAN and pledges to contribute to empowering women in any ways she can.