Shaun Parker is an award-winning choreographer whose work has spanned film, television and live theatre productions. A graduate of VCA, his performance credits include Meryl Tankard ADT, Kate Champion, Sydney Theatre Company, Chunky Move, The Song Company, State Theatre Company (of SA), Compagnie ALIAS (Switzerland), Meredith Monk (New York), and Sasha Waltz (Berlin). He has also performed in feature films including dancing in Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, the actor/dancer role of Paul in Ana Kokkinos’ Book of Revelation, and Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer.
As a director/choreographer, Shaun’s self devised physical theatre and dance works have toured to Germany, Asia, New Zealand and across Australia. His credits include Divine Harmonies (Tasdance), My Little Garden (Barossa International Music Festival), Blue Love (Sydney Opera House), VAMP (Meow Meow & Malthouse Theatre), Love Installment (Sydney Opera House), Tenebrae III (The Song Company), and the award winning short films ‘The Love Trilogy’ and ‘NO.’ Other work includes creative developments with Australian Theatre of the Deaf and the National Aboriginal & Islander College (NAISDA).
His choreographic credits in the commercial industries include Assistant Choreographer to Kate Champion for the World Touring Production of Dirty Dancing, the modern dance work Judas Kiss (telecast world-wide) for World Youth Day, and choreography for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. He has also choreographed music videos for Bluejuice, and Girl Overboard.
His awards include the Queen’s Trust Award, the Emerging Artist of the Year Award and the Robert Helpmann Scholarship 2006 to develop his work in singing, directing and choreography. Shaun Parker’s This Show Is About People world premiered at the Melbourne International Festival, October 2007, and the Sydney Festival 2008 and won an AUSTRALIAN DANCE AWARD and was nominated for four Green Room Awards. He was a featured artist at 2008’s Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference (APAP) in New York and at APAM 2006, 2008 and 2010 in Adelaide.
His award winning work Happy as Larry has toured to Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Brisbane Festival and the New Zealand International Arts Festival in 2010. It won 12 awards in the Children’s Jury Awards in Perth, and a Bansky Award in New Zealand.
One of his most recent projects include creating a new work The Yard, with gifted, and sometimes untrained and under-privileged teenagers across Western Sydney, focusing on the thoughts and concerns of these raw and culturally diverse young Australians.