Stephen is responsible for programming the Dance at the Royal series with Bernard Sauvé and for residencies at Dance Victoria Studios. He is also the primary fundraiser for the organization. Before Dance Victoria, Stephen worked creatively as a playwright, actor, theatre director, teacher, television producer, and as a grants officer at the BC Arts Council. He was also involved in promotions and festival productions. Stephen loves working with the team at Dance Victoria, programming and building community, and supporting the work of creative artists and watching their growth.
In terms of life lessons, he has learned to trust his instincts and that collaboration builds stronger programs. “I am not always the smartest person in the room.” In his leisure time, Stephen enjoys yoga, fitness, cooking, travelling, reading and wine. One of his favourite dance companies is Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – the dancers and Artistic Director Tom Mossbrucker and Executive Director Jean-Philippe Malaty. He thinks Ailey’s Revelations is a masterwork and he’s a huge fan of Crystal Pite. “To think she’s from Victoria!” He thinks Ballet BC’s dancers are remarkable and he loves the Brazilian company Grupo Corpo which he and Bernard are trying to get to Victoria.