Stephanie Lake is a multi award-winning choreographer and dancer and director of Melbourne based Stephanie Lake Company. Born in Canada and raised there and in Tasmania, she was a founding member of Stompin and after an apprenticeship with Tasdance went on to graduate from the Victorian College of the Arts. She has been a performer for over fifteen years, working with some of Australia’s leading choreographers including Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek and Anouk Van Djik (Chunky Move), Antony Hamilton & Byron Perry and Phillip Adams’ Balletlab, touring extensively across Australia, North America, Asia and Europe.
Stephanie began choreographing as a teenager. She had many early commissions from Chunky Move culminating in a major commission in 2010 to create Mix Tape which went on to win the Green Room Award for Best Choreography. In 2012 Stephanie was commissioned by Sydney Dance Company, creating Dream Lucid for Spring Dance performed at the Sydney Opera House. She was the inaugural recipient of the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in the same year and listed in The Age’s “Top 100 Influential People” alongside partner and collaborator Robin Fox.
In 2013 she presented DUAL for Dance Massive (four-time Green Room Award nominee and Helpmann Award nominee for Choreography), A Small Prometheus for Melbourne International Arts Festival (for which she won the Helpmann Award for Outstanding Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production) and AORTA for Chunky Move (winner of the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Choreography). Stephanie was appointed inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc in 2013 which included working as Guerin’s choreographic assistant at Lyon Opera Ballet. She was awarded a coveted Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in the same year.
Her works have toured to Dublin Dance Festival, Aarhus Festival (Denmark), Tramway Glasgow (as part of the Commonwealth Games Cultural Program) and Singapore. Most recently DUAL was performed at the prestigious Theater National de Chaillot (Paris) to acclaim and AORTA and DUAL to Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany).
In 2014 Stephanie was commissioned again by Sydney Dance Company, creating the choreography for Elektra with the Sydney Symphony, performed at the Opera House. She created White Noise for Frontier Danceland, Singapore in 2015 and The Howl commissioned by Tasdance, performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Her latest major work premiered in Sydney Festival 2016 to acclaim and had a subsequent season in Melbourne and showcase performance at APAM. Also in 2016 Stephanie was commissioned by Dancenorth to create If Never Was Now which toured Queensland and Melbourne and CRUSH, a full-length work created for the graduates of The Victorian College of the Arts.
Stephanie has been a teacher for 15 years, regularly lecturing at the VCA, leading international master classes and directing several large-scale public works for over 1000 participants including The Pop Up Project and Moving One Hundred. She has choreographed several works for youth company, Stompin and regularly mentors young choreographers and dancers. Stephanie collaborates with artists across art-forms including audio-visual, film, theatre and sculpture. She has choreographed a number of music videos for artists including Missy Higgins.
The Stephanie Lake Company was established in 2014.