current residencies

Image: Lilian Steiner, ‘Meditation’, performed at the NGV

At Lucy Guerin Inc we are dedicated in supporting our local and national contemporary dance communities and have largely been able to achieve this through our on-going residency programs. During the past seven years we have provided over 48 artists with Studio Residencies to make new work in our studio. In 2013 we introduced a yearly Resident Director position after we identified a need within the Australian dance sector to create a pathway for independent choreographers to transition into significant leadership roles.

See more information below on our past Studio Residents and find out more about the artists involved.

If you are interested in a Studio Residency at Lucy Guerin Inc Sign up to our enews to find out about application dates or email the Acting Company Manager Tegan Nash at with any queries.


Luke George
Rebecca Jensen

Stephanie Lake
Carly Sheppard
Lilian Steiner

During 2017 Lucy Guerin Inc will be housing five full time studio residents and three part time studio residents, who will each receive up to two weeks in-kind studio space here at the Lucy Guerin Inc studio.

Below is a little information about what all of our residents intend to do with the time and space.

Applications for 2018 Lucy Guerin Inc Residencies will open at the end of November 2017. Please sign up to our enews to be notified on application open dates. If you have any further questions about our Residencies please do not hesitate to contact the Acting Company Manager, Tegan Nash on E: | T: 03 9329 4213


Luke will develop a new work PUBLIC SERVANT. This new creation explores service and servitude as a departure point, to probe the shifting power dynamics between people in groups, between artist and public, and the value given or taken from bodies.

Raised in Tasmania and based out of Melbourne, Luke George creates new performance work borne out of experimental creative processes with collaborating artists. George takes daring and at times unorthodox methods to explore new intimacies and connections between audience and performers. He wishes to offer a space of creative rupture to provoke thought and action around how we can be in the world and be with each other. Luke George and Collaborators (LG&Co) create and perform work locally and internationally/culturally through residencies, collaborations and performances. LG&Co have performed their work extensively throughout Australia, and internationally in France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, U.S.A., Japan and Singapore. In 2017 LG&Co will perform in Spain, Finland and Canada.   George was recipient of Melbourne Fringe Awards (1999, 2013), Asialink Residency (2005), Russell Page Fellowship (2007), Greenroom Award for Best Male Dancer (2011), and commissions: Sydney Opera House (2006), Keir Foundation (2008), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010), Phantom Limbs (2013), Chocolate Factory Theatre (2014), Phillip Adams Balletlab (2015) and Campbelltown Arts Centre (2016). Since receiving his B.A. from the Victorian College of the Arts, George has collaborated and performed in the works of many acclaimed artists and dance companies in Australia and internationally. George collaborates across disciplines and contexts including theatre, music, visual art, film & TV, queer clubs and social justice projects; with Bec Reid he was Co-Artistic Director of Stompin in Tasmania 2002-08. He has been teaching classes and workshops internationally since 2003. With Brooke Stamp, George has co-curated “First Run” at LGI 2009-13.



Rebecca will utilise the residency to extend her short piece Explorer (2016) into a full length work. Explorer critiques the danger of privilege and uninhibited access, investigating the relationship between the influence of our digital reliance on our physical form.

Rebecca is a Melbourne based Choreographer, Dancer and teacher at Chunky Move and VCA, Melbourne University. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne (BA Dance 2009).  Her choreography has been presented at Next Wave Festival and Dance Massive with Sarah Aiken (OVERWORLD 2014); Gertrude Contemporary at Spring 1883, Room 301 Windsor Hotel (Making a dance for room 301 at the Windsor Hotel for Spring 1883); Kier Choreographic Award 2016 Finalist (Explorer); Melbourne Fringe Festival (POSE BAND 2015); Lucy Guerin’s Pieces for Small Spaces (Within An Inner 2011). She is a founding member of Deep Soulful Sweats (Brisbane Festival, Festival Of Live Art Artshouse Dark MOFO, Tiny Stadiums, Chunky Move, Next Wave Festival). Rebecca was a receipent of DanceWEB Europe scholarship 2015, Next Wave Kickstart 2013 in collaboration with Sarah Aiken, PACT Vacant Room residency Sydney 2014, Australia Council Art Start and Motherboard Australia Korea cultural exchange. Rebecca is currently developing collaborative work Underworld with Sarah Aiken & musician Art Wilson and her new dance Deep Sea Dances to premiere in Dance Massive at Artshouse.



Stephanie will undertake a second stage creative development of a new work with four dancers. The work will be performed as part of Arts House Season II in August 2017.

Stephanie is a multi award-winning Australian choreographer, dancer and director of Stephanie Lake Company. Her major works including Double Blind, DUAL, A Small Prometheus, AORTA and Mix Tape have been presented by Melbourne International Arts Festival, Sydney Festival, Dance Massive, Arts House, Sydney Opera House, Theatre National de Chaillot (Paris), Theater im Pfalzbau (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival, Tramway (Glasgow), Singapore and Aarhus Festival (Denmark) among others. In 2014 Stephanie was awarded both the Helpmann Award ( A Small Prometheus ) and Australian Dance Award (AORTA) for Outstanding Choreography. She also won the Green Room Award for Mix Tape in 2011. In 2013 Stephanie was appointed inaugural Resident Director of Lucy Guerin Inc, which included working as Guerin’s choreographic assistant at Lyon Opera Ballet. Stephanie received a prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in the same year and the Dame Peggy Van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship in 2012.  She collaborates across theatre, film and TV, visual art and music video and has directed several large-scale public works involving over 1000 participants.



Carly will redevelop her work Nah Nuthin (working title), which was first developed for Pieces For Small Spaces 2015, to be presented as a further development for Yirramboi Festival in May 2017. This process will include reworking and expanding on choreography and use of projection.

Carly Sheppard is an emerging cross-disciplinary performance artist whose work negotiates across dance and theatre performance, sculpture, drawing, voice and installation. Often these forms feature interchangeably within a single work, housed within the foundation of the body moving. Carly’s work predominantly explores the experience of being a part of the Indigenous diaspora of Australia. Some of Carly’s work thus far include ‘White Face’ for Next Wave Festival 2014; ‘Moving House’ for Brown Cabs Scratch Series at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2015 and Womenjeka Festival at Footscray Community Arts Centre 2016; ‘Nah Nuthin’ for Pieces For Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc, 2015; Dancer in ‘Pulse’ 2013 and Articulating Landscapes 2014, for Ochre Contemporary Dance Company; lead character ‘Nella’ and Choreographer for North West of Nowhere 2015 tour for Ilbijerri Theatre Company. Carly is an Alumni of the British Council’s Accelerate Program, 2015. Carly is currently a dancer in Sand Song with Insite Arts.  Carly studied Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of the Arts, VIC, Diploma of Careers In Dance at National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association, NSW, and Bachelor of Creative Arts at The University of Melbourne, VIC.



Lilian will begin a new project in which she will explore the mysterious point of interaction between the ‘essence’ of spirituality – consciousness, and its often-neglected lover – un/subconsciousness. Lilian will attempt to ‘materialise’ this enigmatic relationship via a complex dialogue between 5 performers and their diverse practices across dance, experimental sound (trumpet and electronic) and multimedia performance.

Lilian Steiner is a Melbourne-based dancer and choreographer, and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Bachelor of Dance program. She works across independent and company environments within dance and performance, experimental sound and the visual arts. Lilian has been a dancer with Lucy Guerin Inc, Phillip Adams’ Balletlab, Rennie McDougall, Ash Keating, Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer (Goldene Bender, ACCA, 2013) and Alicia Frankovic and Public Movement. Lilian was nominated for the Green Room Award – Best Female Dancer in 2013 and 2016. As a choreographer, Lilian’s practice utilises the inherent intelligence of the active body as the primary tool for creating wholly encompassing visual, sonic and kinesthetic experiences. Lilian’s major choreographic projects include The Call to Connect – Voyager Recordings (Lucy Guerin Inc.’s Pieces for Small Spaces, 2012), Meditation (Melbourne Now, NGV, 2014), Noise Quartet Meditation (The Substation, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2014), BUNKER (Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2015) and Admission into the Everyday Sublime (Next Wave Festival, 2016). Noise Quartet Meditation and BUNKER both received Green Room nominations with Noise Quartet Meditation also being nominated for the Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography.



In addition to our main residents we are again for the second year runing offering a new program called Out of Time Residencies – which provides studio space outside of normal Company hours, at weekends and evenings, for emerging artists to work on a new development. In 2017 our Out of Time Residents are:

Ellen Davies
Ashley McLellan
Harrison Ritchie – Jones



Ellen will begin a new project about creating an alternative future where humans come to life and exist within the imaginative and materialised realm of performance.

Ellen Davies is a dancer working with different choreographic artists. Ellen has worked with artists including Shelley Lasica, Phillip Adams, Atlanta Eke, Rebecca Jensen, Brooke Stamp, Chloe Chignell, Alice Heyward, Justene Williams, Rebecca Hilton, and Shian Law. Ellen has performed in the Keir Choreographic Award, Awaji Art Circus (Japan), Adhocracy at Vitalstatistix, Experimenta Recharge Biennial of Media Art, Murray White Room, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Athenaeum Theatre, RMIT Design Hub, Lucy Guerin Inc, and Arts Centre Melbourne. Ellen has also worked with Kaldor Public Art Projects as a facilitator for Project 30 –Marina Abramović. In 2015 Ellen was recipient of an ArtStart grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. Ellen has presented her own work at hillscene LIVE festival, collaborative work with Megan Payne at Studio 202 and the Festival of Form 2015. In her own work Ellen is interested in affectation and the embodiment of different emotional, sensual, and spiritual moods. The expression of her work forms with a curiosity and desire in spectacle as a place for mystery, fluidity, and testing of her subject and objectification.



Ashley will collaborate with Harrison Hall to explore ideas surrounding purely, deeply crafted movement, structured improvisation scores and partnered movement. Ashley and Harrison will work towards a presentation of these ideas and research in 2017.

Ashley was born in Cairns and began dancing at the age of 7. Ashley graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), with an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance) in 2010, where she was awarded the, Dance Theatre of WA Award 2008, Leinster Award for Dance 2008, and the Hawaiian Award for Ballet 2010. During and after her training, Ashley spent four years performing with the West Australian Ballet. She received the award for, Outstanding Performance by a Female in Melbourne’s Short and Sweet Festival for her self-choreographed solo, Other in 2013, and was granted a successful recipient of the Australia Council’s ArtStart Grant 2014, during which time she danced in workshops and festivals across Europe and Asia. Upon returning to Australia, Ashley choreographed and performed Pearl for Lucy Guerin Inc.’s season of Pieces for Small Spaces. In 2015 Ashley performed in Melanie Lane’s work, Merge for Melbourne’s Dance Massive festival and began dancing full time with Dancenorth Australia. Her personal choreographic interests examine the infinite possibilities of the living/breathing/thinking body in relation to time, space, object and viewer.



Harrison is excited to the use the platform and space of the residency to research and explore without limit.

Harrison Ritchie-Jones graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) in 2014. In 2013, he was awarded a Victorian College of the Arts Undergraduate Most Outstanding Creative Scholarship. He has worked with, and performed in creations by Stephanie Lake, Graeme Murphy, Rebecca Hilton, Lucy Guerin, Phillip Adams, Prue Lang, Shian Law, Rebecca Jenson and Alice Heyward, in commissions by Chunky Move, Tasdance, Lucy Guerin Inc. and The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet. He has also performed in the frame of Ludwigshafen Pfalzbau (Germany), Pieces For Small Spaces at Lucy Guerin Inc. (Melbourne), and Murray White Room Gallery, (Melbourne)