Stephanie Lake

Stephanie Lake is a multi-award-winning choreographer and dancer and Artistic Director of Stephanie Lake Company based in Melbourne. Born in Canada and raised there and in Tasmania, she is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and went on to dance for leading Australian dance companies Chunky Move (under Gideon Obarzanek and Anouk Van Djik), Lucy Guerin Inc and BalletLab, touring internationally and performing extensively for nearly twenty years.

Stephanie Lake Company was established in 2014. Known for a gutsy, highly physical and poetic choreographic style, Stephanie’s works have toured the globe and won multiple national awards. Stephanie Lake Company’s major works include Colossus, REPLICA, Pile of Bones, Double Blind, A Small Prometheus and DUAL and have been presented by Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, Dance Massive, Sydney Opera House, Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Tramway (Glasgow), Aarhus Festival (Denmark), Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany) and M1 Contact Festival (Singapore) among many others. Stephanie’s commissions include Sydney Dance Company (Dream Lucid and Elektra with the Sydney Symphony), Chunky Move (AORTA, Mix Tape), Dancenorth (If Never Was Now), Tasdance (The Howl), Frontier Danceland (Singapore), Queensland Ballet (Chameleon), Expressions Dance Company (Ceremony), Frontier Danceland (Singapore) and The New Zealand Dance Company.

Stephanie has won the Australian Dance Award (2018 and 2014), Helpmann Award (2014) and Green Room Award (2011) for Best Choreography. In 2013 she was appointed inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc which included working as Guerin’s choreographic assistant at Lyon Opera Ballet. Stephanie was the inaugural recipient of the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in 2012 and received a coveted Sidney Myer Fellowship in 2013. She is currently the recipient of the Australia Council Fellowship for Dance for 2018/2019.

Stephanie collaborates across theatre, film, visual art and music video. She has directed many large scale public works involving over 1000 participants. She has been a guest lecturer and teacher for twenty years and has led master classes around the world. Stephanie is the Patron of Tasmania’s MOVES Festival and currently sits on the VCA Advisory Board.