Stephen is a performance maker with a diverse practice ranging from theatre, dance, circus and puppetry.
As a performer, Stephen has collaborated and performed with Sally Chance Dance, Patch Theatre,
The PaperBoats, Restless Dance Theatre, PVI Collective, State Opera of SA, Yashchin Company, Men of Steel, Vitalstatistix, para//elo, Unreasonable Adults, Dance Exchange, Soft Crash, KneeHIGH, Slack Taxi, Outlet Dance Company and independent choreographers Ingrid Voorendt and Helen Omand.
He has performed overseas in China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, America, Canada, France, Scotland and Denmark. He has taught drama and dance at a number of art institutions in Hong Kong, Vietnam and Sweden.
In 2014 Stephen was awarded a Certificate of Honour at the Mark Butler (M.P.) Arts Awards. His certificate was for ‘outstanding commitment and dedication to the arts in the Port Adelaide community.’
In 2013 Stephen was one of 6 leading South Australian artists to be commissioned by Adelaide Fringe to create a contemporary performance installation to be viewed through the windows of the State Library of SA. Described by as a hauntingly beautiful performance, The Special One provided a unique experience for audiences and attracted capacity crowds each night. In 2014 The Special One was performed in the Port Mall as a part of Arts S.A. and Renew Adelaide’s Unexpected Port program.
Stephen was a key creator in Australia first dance work for babies, This Baby Life by Sally Chance Dance. This pioneering dance work is designed to be experienced by babies aged between four and 18 months and their parent/s. Created through extensive research in childcare centre baby rooms, it is a ground-breaking production that explores the day-to-day fascination of being a baby. Created in 2011, this work has been presented at Come Out Youth Arts Festival and venues in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Scotland and New York City in 2014.
In 2014 Stephen again worked with Sally Chance Dance to develop and perform in a second dance work for babies. Premiering at Brisbane’s Out of the Box Festival, Nursery is an immersive experience of dance and music, carefully designed to invite the babies’ investigation of people, objects, movements and sounds.
In 2008, Stephen talents were recognised again when he was awarded the South Australian Government's Education and Arts Ministers Award for demonstrated excellence in arts teaching and leadership in department schools. In 2009 this award saw him undertake professional development at America Lincoln Center Institute for arts education.
Stephen was the inaugural winner of the Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for young artists. This scholarship, also established by Carclew, enabled Stephen to study for one year at Dell Arte School of Physical Theatre, California, USA.
In 2005 he took part in Time_Place_Space_05 a national hybrid arts laboratory and in 2003 he undertook an Asialink performing arts residency at the Hong Kong Arts Centre where he undertook projects in their arts education program.
In 2000 Stephen received the Australian Government Centenary Medal in the category of the General List. This commemorative medal marked the achievements of a broad cross section of the Australian community at the commencement of the new century. His citation is for service to the community through the performing arts and is in specific reference to his artistic work in the Woomera Detention Centre and across the Anangu Pitjantjatara Aboriginal Lands Schools.
Stephen has undertaken master classes and intensive training sessions with Nigel Jamieson, Min Tanaka, Linda Wise, Barrie Kosky, The Roy Hart Centre, The Flying Fruit Fly Circus and National Institute of Circus Arts.
He has taught for organisations including Flinders University Drama Department and School of Education, Adelaide College for the Arts (TAFE SA), Back to Back Theatre, Restless Dance Theatre, Riverland Youth Theatre, Cirkidz, Urban Myth Theatre and Kurruru Indigenous Youth Performing Arts.
Stephen has been an assessment panel member of JUMP – a national mentoring program for young and emerging artists, Carclew Youth Arts Project and Development Assessment Panel, Arts S.A.’s Independent Makers and Presenters panel, Arts S.A’s Community Arts and Cultural Development project funding for Organisations and Arts S.A.’s / Australia Council artists in residence initiative.
Stephens independent work has been funded by the Theatre, Dance and Community Partnerships Boards of The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA and The Australia International Cultural Council, an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.