Steven is a musician, composer and cabaret performer. He has been a pianist and accompanist for Paloma Faith, Kate Cebrano, Michael Falzon, Trevor Ashley and Martin Crewes. As a performer recent shows include his cabaret show I Sing Songs (Fringeworld, Midsumma Festival, Hayes Theatre), Everybody Loves Lucy (Luckiest) and The Drowsy Chaperone (Squabbalogic). His Musical Director and Associate Musical Director credits include Chicago (GFO), Catch Me If You Can (Hayes Theatre), The Dismissal (Squabbalogic), Evie May (Hayes Theatre), She Loves Me (Hayes Theatre), Assassins (Hayes Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors (Tinderbox/Luckiest), Rent (Highway Run) and Side Show (One Eyed Man). As a composer, arranger, and orchestrator, recent projects include The Dismissal (Squabbalogic), Never Let Me Go (Griffin), Evie May (Hayes) and Nosferatutu (Griffin/Virginia Hyam).

At Queer Love In, Steven will be singing and playing piano from his couch, mashing up some Australian classics with a COVID-19 twist.

Equality Australia’s Interview with Steven: COVID19 and the LGBTIQ+ Arts Scene

How has your work been impacted by COVID?

“I work in live theatre predominantly, so all of my upcoming gigs were cancelled overnight along with any work as an audition pianist, educator or arranger. I was in the middle of writing a new show and then needed to postpone the entire season. Without knowing when we’ll be able to return to work the impacts will be ongoing.”

Why are cultural events so important for LGBTIQ+ people during isolation?

“I think a really amazing way that we connect to our LGBTIQ+ community is through celebration and joy, and these cultural events create a wonderful space to celebrate. We’re reminded of the culture, art and music that we love, and the people that we get to share that with.”

What’s one thing that’s been helping you get though this period?

“Writing the day of the week on my whiteboard every day so I have a sense of the passing of time.”

What does equality mean to you?

“Equality is everyone feeling like they belong.”

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