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Stephen Page

Artistic Director

  • Beaudesert, Brisbane

In 1991, Stephen Page was appointed Artistic Director of internationally-acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre and has developed a signature body of works that have become milestones in the Australian performing arts landscape.

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Heritage

Descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation in South East Queensland.

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Bio

Stephen is a descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation in South East Queensland. In 1991, Stephen was appointed Artistic Director of Bangarra and has developed a signature body of works that have become milestones in the Australian performing arts landscape.

Stephen continues to reinvent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling within Bangarra and through collaborations with other performing arts companies. He notably directed the Indigenous sections for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Opening & Closing Ceremonies, and created a new dance work for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.

He has choreographed dozens of works for Bangarra, which reflect the rich histories, cultures and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.

Stephen directed the chapter Sand in the feature film The Turning (2013), and choreographed the feature films Bran Nue Dae (2009) and The Sapphires (2011). His first full-length film Spear premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival before screening at various arts festivals around Australia in early 2016. In 2020, Stephen co-directed and choreographed the film Freeman.

Stephen was the Artistic Associate for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Secret River, which had its world premiere as part of Sydney Festival in 2013 and toured to Edinburgh International Festival and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

In 2015, Stephen was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts by the University of Technology Sydney. In 2016, he received both the NAIDOC Lifetime Achievement Award and JC Williamson Award. In 2017, Stephen was honoured with the Australia Council Dance Award for significant contributions to the cultural and artistic fabric of the nation, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

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Awards

  • 2019
    Best Regional Touring Production "Bennelong" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2018
    Best Regional Touring Production "OUR land people stories" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2018
    Best New Australian Work "Bennelong" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2018
    Best Dance Production "Bennelong" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2018
    Best Choreography in a Ballet, Dance or Physical Theatre Production "Bennelong" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2017
    Officer of the Order of Australia "For distinguished service to the performing arts and contemporary dance, through enriching Australia's cultural environment, and by presenting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts to the world."
  • 2017
    Award for Dance - Australia Council Awards
  • 2016
    Lifetime Achievement Award - NAIDOC Awards
  • 2016
    Best Ballet or Dance Work "Sheoak" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2016
    JC Williamson Award - Live Performance Australia Awards
  • 2015
    Honorary Doctorate of Creative Arts - University of Technology Sydney
  • 2012
    Best Choreography in a Ballet or Dance Work "ID" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2012
    Artist of the Year - NAIDOC Awards
  • 2010
    Best Ballet or Dance Work "Fire - A Retrospective" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2010
    Best Choreography in a Dance of Physical Theatre Production "Fire - A Retrospective" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2010
    Services to Dance Award - Australian Dances
  • 2009
    Best Ballet or Dance Work "Mathinna" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2009
    Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production "Mathinna" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2008
    New South Wales Australian of the Year - Australian of the Year Awards
  • 2008
    Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment - Deadly Awards
  • 2003
    Individual Award - Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
  • 2001
    QPAT Award - Matilda Awards
  • 2002
    Best Choreography in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production "Corroboree" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2001
    Centenary Medal "For service to Australian society and dance" - Australian Government
  • 2001
    Best Ballet or Dance Work "Skin" - Helpmann Awards
  • 2001
    Best New Australian Work "Skin" - Helpmann Awards
  • 1997
    Outstanding Achievement in Choreography - Australian Dance Awards