Photo by  Abigail Varney

Short Bio/Haiku:

Explorer. Producer. Maker. Etceterer.

Long Bio/Memoir:

Stephanie is an award-winning experience designer, community artist, producer and maker. She tours around the world collaborating closely with cities, individuals, communities and organisations as a lead artist, creative producer, interaction designer, production-manager, writer, game designer and explorer. She is particularly interested in community work, city-based experiences, physical theatre, walking, interactive and immersive theatre, games, live art and work for young people.

Her work has taken her around Australia and New Zealand, to the UK, France, Belgium, The Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The USA, China, South Korea and Japan. 

She has worked with many arts and civic organisations including the State Library of Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, City of Melbourne, Next Wave Festival, Agency of Coney (UK) and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (USA) on immersive city-based and site-specific experiences.

Another aspect of her work is her walking practice, in which Stephanie explores urban environments taking photos that celebrate the beautiful, odd, uncelebrated corners of ordinary, everyday landscapes. She shares these images on her popular instagram account @thescruffian. She is also the creator of the @laundromatsofinsta blog, a photographic celebration and artistic exploration of launderettes and laundromats around the world. 

She is currently in the pre-production phase of her latest project. Later this year she will launch Altourism, an online platform to encourage an international community of participants to turn a touristic eye on the banal and to gamify the urban environment in an exploration of sustainable alternatives to tourism.

In 2012 Stephanie received an Artstart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, which allowed her to build this website.

Thanks to an Early Career Residencies Grant from the Australia Council, Stephanie was the very first artist-in-residence at social enterprise 100 Story Building in 2013. She made a podcast called 100SBFM there.

She is regularly invited to speak on panels and at industry events and has done so at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Busan Comedy Festival (Korea), Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, University of Melbourne and Monash University. She has had her words published in Artshub, Inpress, Early Harvest and Frankie. She is an advocate for emerging artists in the independent theatre sector and has championed experimental work at festivals around the world.

When not making her own work, Stephanie runs her own production company called DON'T BE LONELY, presenting exciting new independent work to Australian and International audiences. DBL produces an eclectic range of live work, including physical comedy, experimental stand-up, idiot theatre, clown, character comedy, dance and other kinds of fun art.

Stephanie has worked with numerous independent comedians, artists and theatre-makers including Trygve Wakenshaw, Phil Burgers (Dr Brown), Stuart Bowden, Betty Grumble, The Lounge Room Confabulators, Sam Simmons, The Listies, Vachel Spirason, Claudia O'Doherty, Vigilantelope, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall, Pat Burtscher, Heidi O'Loughlin, One Step At A Time Like This, the Greater Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere and Look Left Look Right.