Stephen Agisilaou is an Australian-born choreographer and creative director currently living in New York City employed by some of the world’s largest companies and organizations.
Stephen began his dance training at the late age of 17, with his only previous movement experience being self-taught improvisation. Stephen would soon graduate from university with his Diploma in Performing Arts, along with his ballet training under the instruction of legend Gelsey Kirkland.
In his early career as a performer and choreographer, Stephen worked for national televised shows, music videos, commercials, and served as a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. He would go on to spend 3 years as a principal dancer for MOVE: The Company in Canada. Working alongside acclaimed choreographers Joshua Beamish and Amy Gardner, his exploration of movement would continue to develop.
In 2009, Stephen created Vertical Shadows – a contemporary dance company that crosses genres through it’s direction to create a cinematic theatre experience. Under Vertical Shadows, Stephen directed The White Prince, which brought former principal dancer of The Australian Ballet, Damien Welch, and former Senior Artist, Marc Cassidy, out of retirement. Vertical Shadows has continually created to five-star reviews, and was the driving force that granted Stephen with the opportunity to choreograph world wide. His choreography has been commissioned by some of the world’s biggest organizations, such as Samsung, Red Bull, The Australian Open, P&O International, TXU Electricity, The Venetian/Sands Hotel Macau, Stereosonic Music Festival, and Dance2XS.
As a creator of movement, Stephen has been employed extensively in the realm of musical theatre and plays. He choreographed the Melbourne premiere of the Tony Award-winning Spring Awakening, Blood Brothers and the revival of the Green Room Award-winning musical, Prodigal. His choreography has been seen internationally in productions of Good Morning Hong Kong, Black Diva Power, and The Pajama Game. Stephen was employed by Opera Australia to assist them in casting the Broadway revival of South Pacific and worked as choreographer with Berkshire Opera on their 2019 production of Don Pasquale. Additionally, Stephen was brought on as Co-Director and Choreographer of artist Anthony Breslin’s immersive experience, TRYBE: An Opera In Paint.
Stephen’s dance film, “New York City”, has been celebrated in over 12 international festivals. Also working in film Stephen directed and choreographed “The Dime Series”- a collection of music videos that demonstrated high quality film visuals on a tight budget.
Throughout his career, Stephen has been bestowed with honors and awards from The Institute of Classical Dance, Short and Sweet Dance Festival, and WIND International Film Festival. He has been reviewed with accolades from such publications as the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Dance Australia Magazine, The Australian Stage, and the ABC National Radio Arts Program.