About

Stephen Hues is a Los Angeles based director, choreographer, performer and costume designer with a diverse background in the arts. Throughout his career he has been lucky to work with renowned directors and choreographers as well as create his own original shows and characters. His hobbies include organic gardening, food preservation and urban sustainability research and practices.

Recently working with Stilt Circus, Stephen directed and choreographed ‘Mercury Rising’ a New Year’s Eve performance at the Village at Mammoth Lakes, eight puppeteers bring to life a 42’ long Chinese Dragon leading up to the NYE countdown and Fireworks celebration.

4th of July at the Village at Mammoth Lakes, 2016 with Stilt Circus, Star Child and  Stephen co-directed/choreographed/costume designed ‘Toy Box’,  a boy’s toys come to life and he has an opportunity to play with them like he never has before.

Opening LA Opera’s 2015-2016 season, Stephen had the honor to be the Stilt Performer and Clown in Franco Zeffirelli’s epic Pagliacci, Conducted by Plácido Domingo, 150 performers on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion brought this drama to life. Also with LA Opera Stephen got to revisit his physical role in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s, ‘The Magic Flute’, created by the British theater group 1927, Conducted by James Conlon and Directed by Trevore Ross. This Magic Flute thrills audiences with the interaction between film animation and live performers. For July 4th, 2015 Stephen Co-Directed/Choreographed/Costume Designed ‘A Journey to Oz’ with Starchild and Stilt Circus, at the Village at Mammoth Lakes, he played one of the Scarecrows and the Wicked Witch of the West.

As Artistic Director Stephen showcased a work in progress of  ‘Firebird Rising’: ‘A passionate drama where greed and desire collide in a volatile battle with nature and unconditional love overcomes all.’ Also, in 2012 Stephen was on tour with Stilt Circus performing on the west coast from the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State down to Laguna Beach, CA. He also performed as one of the Rats on the Dorothy Chandler stage in Rossini’s ‘Cinderella’ with LA Opera, Conducted by James Conlon, Directed by Joan Font and Choreographed by Xevi Dorca, ‘The Mice steal the show’ Splash Magazine. He played the Damsel in Distress and a Priest in LA Opera’s Production of ‘The Two Foscari’ by Verdi, Directed by Thaddeus Stassberger and starring Plácido Domingo, Conducted by James Conlon. Stephen choreographed the fight scene in Mictlantecuhtli, an original play by Luis Avalos, at the El Portal Theatre, NoHo, California.

In 2011 Mark Nichols and Stephen Hues Co-Directed the ‘Burning Opera LA’ for the King King club in Hollywood, CA, Composed by Mark Nichols, Lyrics by Erik Davis. They also showcased a special adaptation for the Los Angeles Burning Man Decompression Festival. Working with a team of creative collaborators LA Burning Opera was created, with 27 performances at the Syrup Loft in the Historic Fabric District, downtown Los Angeles. Stephen also Directed and Co-Choreographed with Michelle LaVon and Michael Tam Wood the Skyfire Premier with a 2 million volt Tesla Coil and fire dancers in Malibu, CA.  He Directed and performed in ‘Alice’s Wonderland’ with Zircon and Wish Aerial Circus, at Robin’s Sculpture Garden, Venice, CA. Stephen Directed ‘Odyssey, a Twelve month Revolution’, Composed by Jeremy Weinglass, Choreographed by Michelle LaVon, this performance was a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of LA,  El Portal Theatre, NoHo. He was an improvisational clown and stilt performer for 18 days at the California State Fair with Stilt Circus, in Sacramento, California.

From 2007 to 2010 he was an Ensemble member with the ‘Freyer Ensemble West’ and the Dance Captain for LA Opera’s production of Wagner’s complete 4 operas, 17 hours ‘Ring of the Nibelung’, directed by the acclaimed Berlin Artist, Achim Freyer and conducted by James Conlon. In the summer of 2010 the ‘Ring Cycle’ performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion were at the center of the Los Angeles City wide ‘Ring Arts Festival’.

In 2009 Stephen choreographed the Pre-Inca Myth ‘Pachamaca, Mother Earth’, Written and Directed by Luis Avalos, Los Angeles Theater Center. He also collaborated with Stilt Circus and Jenn Berry to Co-Direct and Co-Choreography ‘Critical Sprout’, an Eco-Green educational show.

In 2008 he choreographed Joyce Guy in her one woman show, ‘War Stories’, Directed by Gregg Daniels at LATC.  Stephen believes in passing on the Arts to future generations and teaches ‘Physical Theater’ to children as part of the After School Arts Program, in 2008 he taught K-2nd and 3rd-5th grades in Hollywood and Echo Park.

In 2007 he choreographed the new children’s Opera, ‘Keepers of the Night’, conducted by Grant Gershon and Directed by Corey Madden; starring 65 young singers from the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.

During a research and development period that started in New York City’s Lower East Side, then LA, a redezvous at Burning Man and then Toronto Stephen hung out with Jim Rado and in 2006 choreographed the 1960’s iconic musical ‘HAIR, The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical’, directed by Robert A. Prior, produced by Canadian Stage, Bluma Appel Theater, Toronto. “It has all the right moves and attitude blowing through 46 musical numbers to relive the revolution.” Toronto Stage

In 2004 Stephen choreographed ‘Ollantay, Warrior of the Sun’, Written and Directed by Luis Avalos, El Portal Theatre. He also choreographed ‘Age of Kali’ an independent film Directed by Rafael Zielinski and ‘Zeus of the World’ at the El Portal Theatre. He was nominated for his Lighting Design in 2004 by the North Hollywood Theater Arts District for ‘Ramayana 2K4’ and the LA Weekly Theater Awards for Choreography,  ‘Ramayana 2K3, an Electronic Dance Drama based on the ancient Hindu myth’ Directed by Robert A. Prior, with 14 Electronica composers and live Tabla by Abhiman Kaushal . Stephen received an ‘Outstanding Choreography’ nomination by the NYC Drama Desk Award Association for ‘Ramayana 2K3’, and 5 nominations in all for their performances at the historic La MaMa ETC, NYC.  “Sita, ends up in a highly choreographed demon world that no princess should have to endure. Tumbling, rope-swinging and a climactic battle that has some actors on stilts are impressively choreographed by Stephen Hues.” Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

In 2002 Stephen was a Guest Artist in the Dance department at Santa Monica College and created ‘Ani-Motion’ incorporating traditional animation with live dancers. He also Directed and choreographed, ‘The Underworld’ part of ‘I am Fantasy’, with a cast of 75 at Qtopia and the Hollywood Athletic Club. Also in 2002 he choreographed the first production of ‘Ramayana 2K2’, at Highways Performance Arts Space in Santa Monica, California.

Before relocating to Los Angeles, Stephen lived in Montreal, Canada where he was the Co-Artistic Director and a performer from 1993-2000 with the gender bending, high heels high octane, “Legendary” House of Pride.

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