Stephanie Graham is an accomplished director, choreographer, performer, producer, and educator.
Stephanie directing credits include All Shook Up, Godspell, Johnny Belinda and assistant director on Man of La Mancha and Yorkville-The Musical. Her choreography credits include Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, The Wild Party, Godspell, Killer Business-The Musical, A Snow White Christmas, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Legend of Dan McGrew, Colours in the Storm, Pop Goes the Sixties, They’re Playing Our Song, Next to Normal, The Sound of Music, Back in ’59, Canada in Love, A Christmas Carol, Oberon, Scrooge: A Carol for Christmas, She Loves Me, Oklahoma!, A Sentimental Christmas, Pregnant Lady Dancing and Impulse-An Evening of Original Choreography. Stephanie was the Director/ Choreographer of the Young Company at the Charlottetown Festival for three seasons. Quebec a la Carte was featured in 2008 and Abegweit-The Soul of the Island in 2009 and 2010. Stephanie traveled to Vancouver in to remount Abegweit-The Soul of the Island at Atlantic Canada House and BC Place where the show was performed and televised internationally during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She has also directed and choreographed for ActingUp Stage’s much in demand One Song Glory program for three years. She choreographed a foxtrot for the first annual Dancing with Canadian Celebs Fundraiser, a celebrity dance contest in support of Dancing with Parkinson’s where she was partnered with Graham Abbey (CBC’s The Border) as well as the closing number for Heart and Music, a benefit to raise money for Ovarian Cancer research. She has choreographed many other concert dance pieces for benefits to aid charities: AIDS Action Perth, Canadian Cancer Society, YMCA Kids to Camp and the Actors’ Fund of Canada. She served as the choreography consultant on Rick Miller’s show Hardsell for CanStage and Parade with ActingUp Stage. Stephanie was the Assistant Choreographer for pre-production on the new musical Ha’Penny Bridge under Director/Choreographer, Donna Feore.
She has also assisted on many theatre, film and television projects including Cadet Kelly with Hilary Duff. She was an Assistant Choreographer on the first two episodes of Season One of So You Think You Can Dance Canada and the Assistant to Donna Feore on Mulroney: The Opera and the independent feature The Boy Who Smelled Like Fish starring Zoe Kravitz.
Stephanie’s performance credits include Gertie Cummings in Oklahoma!, Snow White in Into the Woods, Liane D’Exelmans in Gigi, My One and Only, Hello, Dolly! and The Hunchback of Notre Dame at The Stratford Festival of Canada, two seasons at the Charlottetown Festival as Belinda in Johnny Belinda and as Josie Pye and Prissy Andrews in Anne of Green Gables-The Musical and many other shows at various theatres across Canada including: Cinderella, The Apple Tree, Not Now Darling, You Can’t Take it with You, The Crucible, West Side Story, Ragtime, A Chorus Line, Nunsense, Peter Pan, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and The Music Man. With the Smile Theatre Company, she has toured in three shows including Paddle Song, a one-woman show about poet E. Pauline Johnson. She has also performed in four operas including Siegfried (part of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ring Cycle).
Stephanie’s television and film credits include, Mulroney: The Opera, the Gemini nominated pilot of Getting Along Famously (with Colin Mochorie and Deb McGrath), Shania-A Life in Eight Albums, Fancy Dancing, Stormy Weather, Happy Christmas Miss King and Wind at My Back. She is the proud recipient of the Jean A. Chalmers Training Award (Stratford Festival), two Alan Lund Memorial Awards (Charlottetown Festival and Drayton Festival), the Lyn Bastyovanszky Memorial Scholarship and the Maureen Shone Award (Sheridan College).
Stephanie was the Assistant Producer on the Canadian Premiere of David Hare’s Stuff Happens with Studio 180. She led the production team for Impulse-An Evening of Original Choreography at the Stratford Festival, which raised almost $20,000 for Aids Action Perth and Equity Fights Aids (The Actors’ Fund of Canada). She has also produced two benefits for the YMCA of Greater Toronto, two Dance Cabarets at the Stratford Festival, Mamm-o-rama for The Womens’ Committee of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, a workshop reading of a new musical, Noah and acted as Producer Liaison for the reading of Turvey during the Canadian Musical Theatre Week. She was also a production assistant on a workshop of Dancer, a new musical featuring the work of Emmy nominated choreographer, Stacey Tookey. She produced the 2009 Toronto Fringe hit Hipcheck-The Musical that was chosen as Patron’s Pick and Best of the Fringe as well as co-producing Killer Business-The Musical at the Next Stage Festival in 2014. Stephanie worked as an intern in the Creative Affairs Department under New York Producer, Marty Bell (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, LoveMusik, The Last 5 Years) at Livent Inc. Torrent Productions, a company she was asked to co-found has various projects in development including several musicals and The Shakespeare Dances, a collective dance piece that uses the themes in William Shakespeare’s plays and features the choreography of several up and coming Canadian choreographers. Stephanie is the proud recipient of two Tyrone Guthrie Awards from the Stratford Festival. The first scholarship was designated to assist in her internship with independent Toronto producer, Derrick Chua and the second was the prestigious Richard March Award. This award is given to someone who produces a workshop or a cabaret that strengthens the ties between the Festival and the community.
Stephanie is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program and has trained at the National Ballet School, Carousel Dance Centre, Banff School of Fine Arts, Broadway Dance Centre (New York City), in London, England and Sydney, Australia. She has completed both her Advanced RAD Ballet and Advanced ISTD Modern Syllabus. She has been on the faculty at Sheridan College, George Brown College, Randolph Academy of Performing Arts and has guest-taught and adjudicated extensively across Canada. She has taught every age level and style from pre-ballet to adult musical theatre. She currently teaches and coordinates a theatre jazz at Metro Movement in Toronto.
She is a member of the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, ACTRA and the Professional Adjudicators Alliance (PAA).