After receiving a 'Best New Director' award
from the NZ Theatre Federation in 1983, Stephanie attended, on
scholarship, a theatre summer school in the Hawkes Bay. This led to
her being offered a position as director-in-training with Theatre
Corporate in Auckland.
During her time with Theatre Corporate
Stephanie directed and acted for the studio and main theatres and
became assistant director and artistic director of the community
In 1987 Stephanie took up the position of
Artistic Director of the Auckland Youth Theatre and Drama School.
During her four years there she was awarded an AGC Young Achievers
Award which funded her attendance on a Directors Course at Regents
College in London with the British Theatre Association.
Stephanie was a founding member of The Other Company, a
professional theatre company which performed for both the general
public and toured extensively throughout New Zealand schools for ten
Throughout her career Stephanie has directed
and produced a wide range of shows including; Stretchmarks at
Theatre Corporate, Cinderella for AYT and TVNZ, Auckland Town
Hall, Objection Overruled for the Customhouse Theatre,
Auckland, Comedy of Errors for the Pumphouse Theatre, The
Sneeze for Central Theatre, Me & My Vice for the ASB
Laugh Festival and a season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The
Underpants for Ohio Northern University (USA), and for the Court
Theatre; The Great Piratical Rumbustification, the world
premiere of The Raft by Carl Nixon, Blackbird by David
Harrower and most recently Home Land by Gary Henderson.
In 2006 and 2007 Stephanie appeared in the
world premiere of Gary Henderson's Peninsula at the Court
Theatre and in the later tours of this production to the Brisbane
and Nelson Arts Festivals. In 2008 she appeared in The Gods of
Warm Beer by Peter Hawes, also at the Court Theatre.
Stephanie has also appeared in numerous roles
in television productions, short films and TVCs including playing
Judy Billingham in Shortland Street and Reebie in the NZ
Feature Film Fifty Ways of Saying Fabulous.
Stephanie is the co-ordinator of the acting
programme with NASDA which provides a full-time Bachelors degree in
Musical Theatre (BPA) and has directed a wide range of plays and
musical for the school over the past ten years.