Stephen has over 15 years experience in the creative industries. He began this journey in Ireland where he worked with the Dublin Youth Theatre. Later he attended the Neighborhood Playhouse School Of Theatre in NYC.
Eventually Stephen returned to his homeland of New Zealand to form his own theatre production company, which he ran as Creative Director for four years.
He produced 15 productions in this short time to critical acclaim, which played sell-out seasons in New Zealand, London, Edinburgh and Australia. As the company’s Co Creative Director, Stephen honed his skills in script development and learned how an audience works and what they are looking for.
After four years, he decided to move to Australia in search of even bigger challenges. The move fuelled his passion for the screen arts.
Stephen began working with Curious Film, one of the region’s leading production and distribution houses. Here, he was really able to understand the skills he had developed over the past 15 years, and find a way to use them.
In particular, Stephen’s experience in storytelling has given him the confidence to dissect a script and understand where it needs to improve, and how it might relate to an audience. This has lead Stephen to work with Curious as an Executive across all projects in development and production stages as well as applying his talents to film acquisitions for the companies distribution wing, most notably Acquiring and Distributing WINTER’S BONE starring Jennifer Lawrence and 2015 Oscar winner, IDA and 2017 Oscar nominated FIRE AT SEA. Stephen quickly took on the role as an Executive as Curious Film in the fore mentioned departments and now manages these areas for Curious Film.
Stephen plays a strong part in the development process of the Curious slate and is currently involved in the development of projects such as Zoë Bells STRANGE RELATIONS, Australian Feature HEARTS AND BONES which he is attached to as Producer, US feature WARMBLOOD shot by visionary DoP Christopher Blauvelt, also to be produced by Stephen. He has most recently Executive Produced Ben Hackworth’s CELESTE which is set to release late 2018.
Stephen has produced Commercial projects in the U.S including most recently for The Wilderness Society, titled SAVE UGLY directed by Zoê Bell. Not limited to just film and commerical work Stephen has continued to grow as a producer by taking on music videos projects, including a clip for LA based THE SHRINE, he has also produced online branded content for many brands.
He also has several other productions in development as a producer including a documentary project OUT THERE which retraces the steps of a legendary surfer as he takes the same journey he took in the 70’s through uncharted territory and explores how these areas have changed over the years.
Stephens time with Curious has taken him all around the world and he has attended film festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Berlin and Sundance. He has worked closely with Festival winners from all the fore mentioned festivals and learnt from their knowledge.