THE YARD – Bookings are now open for 2021

The Yard, winner of the Australian Dance Award for Youth and Community Dance, has been inspiring students across NSW since 2011. We are thrilled to announce that this outstanding anti-bullying school incursion program will tour into schools in Sydney from 15 to 23 March 2021, in the lead-up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

This work navigates key social issues such as bullying, social exclusion, peer pressure and emotional resilience for students of all ages. Our one-hour school incursion program includes the performance, a curated Q&A, access to Free Education Resource and an optional TUT dance workshop led by our outstanding dancers.

Limited sessions are available so we encourage you to BOOK NOW

For further information, please email


It’s been one month since Shaun Parker & Company presented IN THE ZONE to a live audience and over 7000 students across Australia via livestream. This review by Alice Stafford in Honi Soit beautifully summarises our hope for the revival of live arts: “a hypnotic piece of solo dance theatre that marks a triumphant return of live performance to the Seymour Centre… Interdisciplinary, experimental work is symbolic of the fact that the arts must collaborate to survive. Australian artists have spent six months in lockdown – and finally, the curtains have reopened.”

Libby Montilla, who performs IN THE ZONE, shares his experience working on the show and his inspiring journey from a self-taught hip hop dancer to the key collaborator with Shaun Parker & Company!

And in case you missed it, you can still book to access the IN THE ZONE Live Stream footage here.


We’ve received some wonderful feedback and reviews following our IN THE ZONE live stream to more than 7000 viewers across Australia and two live performances at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre from 18  – 19 September 2020.  Thanks to Dance Australia and Honi Soit!

We’re now planning national touring of IN THE ZONE in May/June 2021.   To express your interest in seeing us perform IN THE ZONE at a venue, school or community centre in your region, please email Beverly Growden, Executive Director.


Thanks to everyone who joined us for the IN THE ZONE Live Stream or live performances at the Seymour Centre on 18 & 19 Sept.  In case you missed it, here is our InTheZone_Digital_Program for your enjoyment.  And we encourage you to send any feedback and images of you and others watching IN THE ZONE to


Read all about it!  Our Artistic Director/CEO and internationally renowned choreographer Shaun Parker was recently interviewed by the SaturdayPaper about his practice, the Company’s ten year anniversary in 2020 and our forthcoming season of IN THE ZONEat the York Theatre, Seymour Centre from 18 – 19 Sept. Thanks to Kate Holden from the SaturdayPaper.  Enjoy!


We can’t wait to see Libby Montilla performing IN THE ZONE via Live Stream at 10am this Friday 18 Sept for viewers across Australia and then for live audiences at 7pm on Friday 18 Sept  and at 10am on Saturday 19 Sept.  There’s limited seating in the York Theatre, Seymour Centre due to social distancing requirements, so if you haven’t booked already, BOOK NOW!


We’re bringing IN THE ZONE to you via Live Stream from the Seymour Centre, Sydney.

10am on Friday 18 September 2020

Hip-hop dance meets gaming technology in this ground-breaking new work. Conceived by Shaun Parker and digital sound designer Alon Ilsar, IN THE ZONE is fun and exciting dance theatre. It’s most suitable for young audiences and explores themes around technology, man-made global warming, personal choice and resilience.


Your booking will allow you to access the Live Stream video footage for up to 7 days after the event, to 25 Sept 2020.  With support from Create NSW, the Australia Council and our generous donors, we’re providing this IN THE ZONE Live Stream FREE for all regional NSW schools.  Sydney schools can book their Entire School at discounted rates, including a very special rate for Low SES schools. Schools will receive our FREE Education Resource, FREE access to a one-hour Hip-hop workshop with Libby Montilla for their student viewers – and it’s FREE for teachers and carers to view.

IN THE ZONE selected for International Tanzmesse 2020

Shaun Parker & Company is very proud to have been selected to showcase our latest work for young audiences IN THE ZONE  for the International Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf Germany in August.  Unfortunately due to COVID-19 this event is not going ahead.  However, they have recently published their fantastic ONLINE PROGRAM and we are the only Australian company featured.  We hope that we’ll have the opportunity to attend and showcase new Australian work at the next International Tanzmesse.

IN THE ZONE live streamed FREE for regional NSW schools

We know it’s hard for regional NSW schools to plan an excursion right now due to COVID-19, especially a trip to Sydney to see IN THE ZONE when it’s performed at the Seymour Centre from 16th to 19th September 2020.  So…we’re coming to you.

If you teach in regional NSW, you and your students will be able to enjoy our first ever live streamed performance of IN THE ZONE  for FREE!

BOOK NOW or make an enquiry by contacting us by email.

Hip-hop dance meets gaming technology in this groundbreaking new work.  Conceived by Shaun Parker and digital sound designer Alon Ilsar, IN THE ZONE is fun and exciting dance theatre.  It will empower you and your students to consider themes such as technology, man-made global warming, personal choice and resilience. And we have a FREE curriculum-linked Education Resource to help explore its themes with your students.

We can also live-stream a 1 hour IN THE ZONE Online Workshop with Libby Montilla directly to you and your students in the classroom after the show.  Costs apply.  Enquire now.

June E-news and SYDNEY MOVES

Winter is here and we’re presenting a new series of interactive, energetic and fun dance workshops for young people aged 8 -18 years.  Now is the time to sign up!

These dance training and development workshops cover a range of dance styles and are led by some of our most popular and skilful professional dancers..  Participants will improve their dance skills and confidence. The classes are small, interactive and inspiring for each participant who attends.

Participants can attend ONLINE or IN PERSON.  Apply your NSW Government Creative Kids Voucher when booking and save $100!

SYDNEY MOVES is supported by the City of Sydney.

Read more about SYDNEY MOVES in our June E-News.


Thanks to all who participated in Electro-Pop Online, supported by the City of Sydney. If you were a part of Electro-Pop online, we’d appreciate your feedback. Please complete our ELECTRO-POP ONLINE SURVEY. Your feedback is always valuable when planning future projects.


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In the mean-time, read our APRIL issue to find out all about our new Online Programs.


We’re inviting you to Zoom in to learn Electro-Pop moves during our new FREE one-hour dance workshops with hip hop dancer Libby Montilla. Learn new sections from Shaun Parker’s Electro Pop dance choreography daily and develop your own 8-count choreographed signature Electro Pop dance move. On the final day, all of the participants will perform online and showcase their very own Electro-Pop move.

Electro-Pop Online is supported by the City of Sydney and it’s recommended for young people aged 12 – 24 years (but anyone can join in).


Our new IN THE ZONE Online after-school workshop program is now open for bookings through the Seymour Centre. These weekly one-hour dance workshops with Western Sydney hip hop dancer Libby Montilla will allow participants to develop their skills and experience in HIP HOP and TUTTING and POPPING which feature in our new work IN THE ZONE. Participants will able to directly interact directly with Libby Montilla throughout each workshop session.

These workshops are suitable for young people aged 8 – 18 years. There’s two sessions available each week, right across Term 2 as follows:

5.00pm to 6.00pm weekly from Thursday 30 April to Thursday 2 July 2020
Recommended Ages: 8 – 12 years

6.30 to 7.30pm weekly from Thursday 30 April to Thursday 2 July 2020
Recommended Ages: 13-18 years

A Zoom link will be emailed to participants at least one hour prior to each workshop session.

Each participant who books for the Creative Kids 10 session package will receive a free ticket to see IN THE ZONE performed by Libby Montilla at the York Theatre, Seymour Centre at 10am on Saturday 19 September 2020 (valued at $20).

For more information or to book head to the PARTICIPATE section of our website.

New Online Dance Challenge

While we had to finish our creative development for BUBBLE early, our dancers were able keep on dancing.

Shaun Parker invited the BUBBLE creative team to create a new dance work online. Bubble Performance Master Su Chung Tai, who is based in Taiwan, started the dance. His final movements on the video being picked up by Western Sydney hip hop dancer, Libby Montilla, who then added his own moves to the sequence, before the dance was then thrown to and added to by three other Sydney dancers, Samuel Beazley, Rachel Trent and Isabel Estrella.

Watch the full BUBBLE dance collaboration here.

This virtual collaboration spawned the idea to involve others. The Shaun Parker & Company Dance Challenge will see our dancers post new moves on the Company’s Tik Tok account daily, inviting the public to learn those moves and take them further.

Bubble Interact – Postponed

In light of ongoing and increasing concern about COVID-19, Shaun Parker & Company has made the decision to postpone our planned Bubble Interact workshops which were planned for March at the West Ryde Community Centre, supported by the City of Ryde, and at Ultimo Community Community Centres with support from the City of Sydney.

While our planned Bubble Interact events were to be small, Shaun Parker & Company’s priority is the health of participants and our artistic team.    The good news is, these events will still take place later this year, complete with bubble performance master Su Chung Tai who will join our creative team for the new sessions.  

To book or find out more, go to Eventbrite.   

Thank you for your understanding.  Stay safe and we are looking forward to staying in touch through our bi-monthly e-newsletter.  To subscribe, please got to the landing page of our website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIN.


Have you ever wondered how long a bubble can last?  What happens if you change the environment inside?  Can bubbles bounce between bodies?

Shaun Parker & Company invites you and your family and friends to explore bubble technology with the creative team for Bubble. This new work-in-progress is a collaboration between award-winning Choreographer Shaun Parker and Taiwanese Bubble Performance Master Su Chung Tai.  Bubble will explore themes of the genesis of the universe through bubble architecture and the human body. 

During creative development periods in Taiwan and Sydney during 2020 and 2021, Parker and Su will explore bubble art and technology to create a work where both minimalist and epic sculptures are formed alongside outstanding singers and dancers.  This major new work, choreographed by Shaun Parker, is being created in conversation with members of Sydney’s Australian – Taiwanese community. 

Our hands-on, Bubble Interact workshops for the community will be presented in the City of Sydney and City of Ryde, showcasing bubble technology and the themes being explored by our creative team.  Experience mesmerizing bubble art, share language, meet the artists and contribute to the Bubble project which will come to life in 2021.

You’ll be blown away by the skills of Su Chung Tai, a true bubble maestro, who has broken four Guinness records and won the heart of people across the world. Su’s collaboration with Shaun Parker, one of Australia’s most celebrated choreographers, makes Bubble Interact an event that you and your family should not miss this March!

It’s FREE and suitable for all ages and abilities.  Families are encouraged to attend.  The number of participants per session is strictly limited. Book now:

Bubble Interact City of Ryde Community Workshop

Where: West Ryde Hall, 1A Station Street, West Ryde NSW 2114

When: Friday 27 March 2020

Time: 5pm, 6pm & 7pm (45 mins duration)

Cost: FREE

Bubble Interact City of Sydney Community Workshop

Where: Ultimo Community Centre, 40 William Henry Street Ultimo 2007

When: Saturday 28 March 2020

Time: 1pm, 2pm & 3pm (45 mins duration)

Cost: FREE


This project is supported by the University of Sydney, City of Sydney, City of Ryde, Parramatta Riverside Theatres and members of Sydney’s Australia-Taiwanese communities.   

迎 Welcoming Project Producer Shiya Lu

Shiya joined Shaun Parker & Company as a Project Producer and Translator in May 2019 after meeting Shaun Parker at a Big Dance Workshop at the Seymour Centre. Shiya grew up in Sichuan Province in Western China and moved to England as a teenager. Shiya withdrew from the University of Oxford where she was studying Mathematics in 2012, and started her career as an arts journalist, and later

Shiya relocated to Sydney in 2018 and has trained at the AFTT (Academy of Film, Theatre and Television) and NIDA’s Director Studio. While studying Art History and Visual Arts at the University of Sydney, she is working as part-time project producer at Shaun Parker & Company. She has worked for renowned arts organisations including the Ibsen International in Norway, Beijing NLGX Theatre Festival, Helsinki Festival, and Edinburgh International Festival. Shiya is a member of the European Festival Association’s Festival Academy and writes for various English and Chinese language publications. She directed the sold-out Australian premiere of Zhu Yi’s play A DEAL in 2019, and successfully organised the associated international theatre forum and workshop at the University of Sydney. She is now co-directing a new devise piece called IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS for No:Intermission Festival in Sydney.

Shiya recently travelled to Taipei with Shaun Parker and the company’s long-term collaborators Samuel Beazly and Libby Montilla for the first stage of creative development of a new major work called Bubble (working-title).

She speaks of her experience working on this collaboration: “Intercultural and cross-disciplinary works are at the core of my artistic interests. Bubble is undoubtedly a work of such kind.  It was exciting to see how Shaun and Mr. Su Chung Tai, a globally renowned ‘Bubble Performance Master’, discovered an astonishing array of new possibilities of merging bubble performance with human body and movements.  There was a real sense of experimentation and discovery.  As the interpreter and artistic associate, I felt inspired and intrigued every day while working in Taipei.  It is a privilege to work with such a dedicated team and have the opportunity to bring such a wonderful experimental work to the world. I cannot wait to start the next stage of development.”  Shiya Lu, 2020 

Introducing Bella Vincent, Board Observer

The Shaun Parker and Company Board is pleased to welcome Bella Vincent as a Board Observer. Bella will be joining us for 2020 as part of the Observership Program hosted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors and The Ethics Centre to develop next generation Not-For-Profit Board Directors.

Bella is an Infrastructure and Social Policy Consultant with a background in public sector and not-for-profit project and policy development. She holds a Masters in Public Administration in urban development from the Harvard JFK School of Government, and has worked on major projects in Transport for NSW, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and with Indigenous communities in remote Cape York.

Bella has an interest in funding, marketing and strategy, and is looking forward to contributing her knowledge and networks as well as reigniting her early career interest in performance making.

THE YARD goes national

612/19: Darryl Bernal, Jayson Reyes, David Mavisa (on the bike) and Libby Montilla rehearsing at the Semour Centre in Sydney. Photo: John Feder/The Australian.

We have big plans to tour our anti-bullying program The Yard nationally, for the benefit of young people and their communities across Australia. Read more about The Yard here, with thanks to The Australian.

To express your interest in hosting The Yard in your community or school, contact


As 2019 came to a close, Shaun Parker wished our friends and supporters all the very best through our bi-monthly e-newsletter, available here. To regularly receive our e-newsletter, we encourage you to subscribe now from the landing page of our website.


We are currently seeking experienced versatile and professional contemporary dancers for a range of projects across 2020 and 2021. Interested applicants must be graduates of a tertiary dance course or equivalent and be of advanced technical standard and Australian or New Zealand citizens.  Professional, experienced dancers need only apply.  Sydney-based dancers preferred.  Minimum age 21 years (unless otherwise agreed).

Desired skills and experience:

  • Contemporary dance
  • Physical theatre
  • Classical ballet                 
  • Break &/or hip hop skills

All interested applicants should send their CV, headshot and show reel links (5 minute maximum) and photo to:

Shiya Lu, Project Producer

Enquiries: 02 9351 1941

Please choose your video footage very carefully, as this will inform your acceptance into the audition.  If you have auditioned for the Company before, still please do apply again, as our Artistic Director would like to see your development.

Applications Close:          5pm Friday 13 December 2019

Audition date:                    10am – 6pm Wednesday 22 January 2020

Audition venue:                 The Seymour Centre, City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale, Sydney (meet at Stage Door, off Blackwattle Creek Lane)

Audition is by application only.

Seeking Producer (re-advertised)

We’re seeking an energetic and efficient Producer to join our small team to support the production and presentation of future programs, both nationally and internationally.  This role is ideal for a highly capable all-rounder with exceptional time management skills who is enthusiastic and committed to the arts.  Reporting to the Executive Director and Artistic Director, the Producer’s primary focus will be on producing the Company’s programs for young audiences which include IN THE ZONE, ReMOTE, THE YARD, TROLLEYS, TUT and SPILL.  The Producer will also support the Artistic Director and Executive Director with the marketing, development and presentation of our main programs where required. They must be able to work cohesively as part of a small team and also have the capacity to work independently with vibrant autonomy.

TO APPLY: Please seek a copy of the Position Description from Beverly Growden, Executive Director. Then please provide a cover letter which addresses the Selection Criteria, a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae and the contact details for three professional referees to:

CLOSING DATE: Before 5pm on Tuesday 3 December 2019

BLUE LOVE on tour

Shaun Parker and Jo Stone will perform BLUE LOVE at Griffith Regional Theatre at 7.30pm on Wed 23 October and at Manning Entertainment Centre in Taree on Saturday 26 October 2019. Say hello if you see our BLUE LOVE touring party on the road in regional NSW this week! And if you’re living in Griffith and want to be involved in our BLUE LOVE COMMUNITY CHOIR performance or in TAREE and want to do the MEANING AND MOVEMENT MASTERCLASS with Shaun Parker at 6pm Friday 25 October, please contact the venues to register your interest. Our BLUE LOVE regional tour is presented with support from the NSW Government through Create NSW.


We’re seeking an energetic and efficient Producer to join our small team to support the production and presentation of future programs, both nationally and internationally.  This role is ideal for a highly capable all-rounder with exceptional time management skills who is enthusiastic and committed to the arts.  Reporting to the Executive Director and Artistic Director, the Producer’s primary focus will be on producing the Company’s programs for young audiences which include IN THE ZONE, ReMOTE, THE YARD, TROLLEYS, TUT and SPILL.  The Producer will also support the Artistic Director and Executive Director with the marketing, development and presentation of our main programs where required. They must be able to work cohesively as part of a small team and also have the capacity to work independently with vibrant autonomy.

TO APPLY: Please provide a cover letter which addresses the Selection Criteria, a copy of your current Curriculum Vitae and the contact details for three professional referees to Beverly Growden, Executive Director:

CLOSING DATE: Before 5pm on Tuesday 8 October 2019

Seeking Production/Touring Manager for BLUE LOVE

Shaun Parker’s iconic work BLUE LOVE is touring to Griffith on 23 October then on to Taree on 28 October 2019.  We’re seeking an experienced Production/Touring Manager to work with our team from 10 – 28 October 2019 to support this BLUE LOVE regional tour.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in this role, please contact Executive Director Beverly Growden for a copy of the Position Description. Applications are due by 5pm Monday 23 September 2019.

QUEER BITES – Seeking expressions of interest

We’re seeking 1 more participant to join us for the next 2-week Queer Bites intensive workshop with Shaun Parker, Artistic Director and Choreographer, which will be held at the Seymour Centre from 16 – 28 September 2019. Our Queer Bites program was developed for LGBTQI artists in association with the presentation of our new work KING for the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, with support from the City of Sydney. For further information please contact James Beach, Associate Producer by email: 

Or please submit your expression of interest before 10am on Friday 13 September 2019 here


The world premiere of our new work for young audiences, IN THE ZONE, is happening this Friday 13 September at Camden Civic Centre. Contemporary dance meets gaming technology in this groundbreaking new work which will be performed FREE at 10am for schools and 7pm for the public. We hope you can attend! Bookings:

It’s our 9th birthday

Shaun Parker & Company is delighted to announce that it turns 9 years old today 9 September 2019. Congratulations to the incredibly talented Shaun Parker and all who have worked and volunteered with us and contributed to the Company in so many ways during our 9 short years. Sincere thanks to the Australia Council for the Arts and Create NSW for their ongoing support and the generous contributions made by many other supporters and our wonderful donors along the way. We couldn’t do it without you!

THE YARD tour 2019

Students from Years 2 – 6 from Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School were treated to performances of The Yard by Shaun Parker & Company on Thursday 8 August as part of its 2019 school tour. The Yard highlights bullying behaviour that many students may be affected by, encouraging resilience and positive group behaviour. 

The Yard by was presented at Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School for Education Week and as a result of fundraising by the Parents & Citizens Committee.  Assistant Principal Kylea Dowling praised The Yard as “one of the best performances we’ve had at the school”.

Bookings are now open for The Yard’s 2020 tour into Sydney schools starting from 9 March 2020, just before the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence on March 15 2020.   Booking enquiries should be directed to: or phone 02 9351 1941.


Are you interested in contributing as a Board Director?

We’re seeking energetic, well-connected, generous and outgoing Board Directors with an interest in the arts to join our voluntary Board of Directors, chaired by Lily Lee.  The Board’s role is to optimise the performance of Shaun Parker & Company and ensure compliance with legal requirements. A Board member duty statement is available on request.

Contact: Beverly Growden, Executive Director 02 9351 1941 or 0417903318

Seeking Secondees for IN THE ZONE

Shaun Parker & Company is currently seeking up to 8 secondees to volunteer with the Company during the final stages of development, public performances in September and workshops in October for IN THE ZONE, its new work for young audiences. Enquiries: or phone 02 9351 1941

Shaun Parker receives Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Shaun Parker & Company is thrilled to announce that our Founder and Artistic Director/ Choreographer Shaun Parker has been awarded a Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Music and Performing Arts, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Performing Arts sector in Australia.  Professor Ian Bofinger,Executive Dean & CEO from The Australian Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA) presented the award to Parker, who was also guest speaker at their graduation ceremony for music and dance graduates from their Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree and Masters level courses on Friday 5 July 2019.

Seeking Production/Touring Managers – IN THE ZONE and THE YARD

We’re currently seeking, reliable and efficient Production/Touring Managers to support the presentation of our works for young audiences – IN THE ZONE and THE YARD (separate contract dates). If you’re a great communicator and a team player then please apply! You will be reporting to and need to work cohesively with the Associate Producer and the Artistic Director to ensure that these productions are presented to the highest quality, on time, within the allocated resources and in consideration of occupational health and safety requirements.  Applicants must be Sydney based

For further information or a copy of the Position Description for these roles (which include selection criteria) please contact Beverly Growden, Executive Director or 02 9351 1941 or 0417903318.   To apply, please send a short letter of application which addresses the selection criteria and a copy of your CV to by 5pm on Thursday 18 July 2019.

KING International Tour Feedback

Standing ovations greeted KING  / Little Big Man during its April tour to Ramallah, Palestine; Amman, Jordan; Beirut, Lebanon and Linz, Austria.  We received terrific feedback on this new work from our international audiences including:

“KING (Little Big Man), is a milestone in more than one direction, leaving an impact on everyone who has seen it…a rebellious Australian show!   But the Australian team did so brilliantly, admired by the audience during the performance and then with a long, sharp, powerful applause.”  Yusuf Al-Shayeb, Al-Ayyam, Palestine

KING is a feast for the eyes, resonating with a socio-critical undertone. What is still shrouded in “civilization” is now played openly before us in a flood of images, where we could not get enough.  A completely original form and stage language Shaun Parker and his company deserve to be internationally praised several times. Delightful provocation and a raging applause.”  

VolksBLATT, Austria

KING and HAPPY AS LARRY International Touring

We have just farewelled our touring party for KING (also known as LITTLE BIG MAN).  They will perform at three dance festivals in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and then in Linz, Austria with the support from the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)Council of Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR) and the Australia Council for the Arts.   HAPPY AS LARRY will then be performed in Karlsruhe and Hannover in Germany.

Welcome to our new Executive Director

Beverly Growden has now joined Shaun Parker & Company as Executive Director. Originally from WA, Beverly is an arts manager and producer with more than 20 years of experience in Australia’s arts industry, primarily managing small to medium arts organisations and programming across multiple art forms.

KING premiere

We are thrilled to have premiered KING at the Seymour Centre as part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.  Congratulations to all of the amazing artists involved and thanks to those who attended.  We have received some wonderful reviews for KING, including:

If you want to be blown away by a choreographic language as gutsy and heart wrenching as Shakespeare’s poetry, don’t miss KING by Shaun Parker and Company.” Sydney Arts Guide 

“A tender, ruthless evisceration of toxic masculinity by director/choreographer Shaun Parker and songwriter/vocalist Ivo Dimchev.  It is a timely and original interrogation. It is also an elegant, sweaty study into the behavioural dynamics of male groups, and the brutish laws that perpetuate rigid gender expressions and punish the rest.”  Audrey Journal



Shaun Parker & Company named a finalist in 55th Premier’s NSW Export Awards

We’re excited to announce we’re finalists in this prestigious award. CEO of the Export Council of Australia Lisa McAuley said:

“The competition is extremely tough and we are thrilled to see a number of new names recognised for their tremendous efforts. It’s fantastic to also see the diversity of the companies that entered the awards this year. To acknowledge and celebrate the success of NSW companies is an important part of encouraging more companies to think global. We congratulate you on being named a finalist in the 55th Premier’s NSW Export Awards.”

The winner will be announced on October 25th, and we’re in great company in the Creative Industries category with Blowfish Studios and Darkroom Door. For more information, visit


Intensive Workshop with Shaun Parker



An exciting opportunity for dancers to participate in a week-long training intensive with award winning choreographer Shaun Parker. The workshop will include daily class, working with Shaun Parker’s choreographic process and learning company repertoire.

Open to all professional dancers including graduates and 3rd year tertiary dancers.

Week 1: 1-5 May 2017
Week 2: 15-19 May 2017

10am – 5pm daily @ SEYMOUR CENTRE, University of Sydney Campus
Participation fee $300

Places are limited to 15 dancers. To apply send 1 page CV and headshot with a video link showing 5 minutes of your dancing and your week of preference to

Volunteer for TUT at Art & About Sydney

Josh Mu from TUT

Shaun Parker & Company are looking for volunteers to assist with TUT which will be performed as part of Art & About Sydney in Pitt Street Mall and Dixon Street Mall in April. Find out more about TUT here.

As volunteer street ushers you will be required to welcome audiences, hand out flyers and talk about the performance, assist with audience and crowd movement, performance site logistics, and help ensure the general safety and security of the event.

We are looking for individuals who:
– Are friendly and communicative
– Feel comfortable talking with members of the public
– Are reliable and organised
– Are able to stand and walk around for the length of the event
– Are happy to apply for a working with children check (TUT is an all ages event)
– Are excited about being part of this great event!

All volunteers will have an induction to the work and the performance space onsite prior to each performance, and there will be a Shaun Parker & Company staff member in support at all times. Volunteers will be required for approximately 3 hours on each performance date from 4.30-7.30pm

Performance dates are:
Thursday 7 April at Dixon St Mall, Chinatown
Friday 8 April at Pitt St Mall
Thursday 14 April at Dixon St Mall, Chinatown
Friday 15 April at Pitt St Mall
Thursday 21 April at Dixon St Mall, Chinatown
Friday 22 April at Pitt St Mall

To apply, email Annette Madden, Producer at Shaun Parker & Company on with a few lines about yourself and why you’d like to be involved and which performance dates you are available for.

Join Shaun Parker & Company at Art & About Sydney!

Shaun Parker & Company wants YOU to be a part of its exciting new project, TUT.

We are seeking up to 100 specially selected dancers/tutters to perform TUT live at locations around the city of Sydney as part of the Art & About Festival!!!

Tutting, is a mind-blowing new dance craze featuring highly intricate and rhythmic patterns of the hands, fingers and arms, which was inspired by the hieroglyphics drawn on the Ancient pyramids of King Tut.


Click here to find out more or to apply now to be a part of this unique dance event and grab your chance to perform live in the City of Sydney!




7th – 18th December 2015

Shaun Parker & Company is making a Call for Applicants for its annual TRIGGER program, which will take place in December, 2015.

What: TRIGGER secondment program.
Where: IO MYERS Theatre, University of NSW. Sydney
When: Dec 7th-18th, 2015. 9:30am -6pm daily.
Who: We are looking for 5 dancers who were born with the XY male chromosome. ie. Male dancers…or dancers born with the male XY chromosome, but who identify as being female.
Cost: Free.
The 5 chosen applicants will join our Company of 9 dancers who will be working on the creative development of our new work XY.
The program will include a daily technique class in yoga and contemporary dance, followed by task based improvisation processes with Artistic Director and Award Winning Choreographer Shaun Parker. This 2-week-long workshop will be free of charge, and is invitation only, so please ensure that you submit a strong application for selection.
Shaun Parker will be using this time to develop the skills of the applicants, as well as looking for dancers for various projects for 2016 and 2017.

To Apply: please email the following material to the General Manager Sonia Grebenshikoff at:
1. 1-page CV
2. Headshot
3. Link to edited footage of your performance work. (Please choose carefully the footage you include, as this will be what the Artistic Director will be basing selection upon.)
Deadline for Application: October 19th, 2015
Successful Applicants notified by late October.


The company is delighted to perform in MOVIMENTOS dance festival in Wolfsburg, Germany!    April 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th!!!!!

Green Room Awards

Congratulations to Shaun and Nick for their nominations in the Green Room Awards!

  • Best Musical Score
  • Shirley McKechnie Award for Choreography

AM I – Melbourne Festival

AM I just launched for Melbourne Festival 2014-check out our tour dates and the festival line up!

Shaun Parker & Company receives two 2014 Helpmann Award Nominations!

  • Best Regional Touring Production for the 2013 Australian regional tour of Happy as Larry
  • Best Original Score for Nick Wales’s composition of Shaun Parker & Company new major work AM I

We would like to congratulate Nick Wales and our amazing creatives, cast and crew!


Coming soon….

Shaun Parker & Company and CAPTIVATE are busy in rehearsals for their forthcoming season of The Yard, playing at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Winner of an Australian Dance Award and the 2013 Helpmann Nominee for Best Presentation for Children, The Yard is a high-octane piece of self devised theatre, featuring 20 Western Sydney migrant teenagers.

A voice against bullying, The Yard delivers a compelling new take on William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, which will leave you thinking about human behaviour long after the curtain comes down.

“I have to truly applaud The Yard…with great attention to emotional detail; it is remarkable.” ABC Radio


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Recent happenings… after premiering Australian Festival hit Happy as Larry to five countries across Europe and the Middle East, Shaun Parker & Company returned in May to play the Expressions Dance Theatre SOLO season with an excerpt of The Yard, performed by young Western artist David Mavisa.

Image Fiona Cullen
Image Fiona Cullen

Later in May, Shaun Parker commenced development on a new work with third year NAISDA students and earlier this month, the company made their North American debut with the ever popular London Olympic outdoor commission SPILL.

SPILL toured New York City playing the Central Park Conservancy’s Sandbox Program and the City Parks Foundation SummerStage Festival in locations around Central Park, Lower Manhattan and the Bronx.

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Belgrade Dance Festival

Belgrade press conference

The Happy as Larry tour of Europe and the Middle East kicked off yesterday, Monday 9 April, with a performance at the Belgrade Dance Festival. Happy as Larry played to a full house and received a rapturous reception – five encores! Other companies playing at the festival include the Akram Khan Company and Hubbard Street Dance. Shaun conducted a workshop in Belgrade with 60 local dancers (below). Photos courtesy of the Belgrade Dance Festival

Belgrade Workshop

Happy as Larry Tour of Europe and The Middle East

Happy as Larry 041The company of Happy as Larry are about to embark on a five-city tour of Europe and The Middle East from the 4th to the 25th of April. The company will be travelling to Belgrade (Serbia), Linz (Austria), Beirut (Lebanon), Amman (Jordan) and Ramallah (West Bank). The company will take part in a number of festivals during the tour including the Belgrade Dance Festival, the Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD) and the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival.

We would like to welcome new company member Luke Hanna, mechanist Benjamin Morris and welcome back Stage Manager Natacha Poledica. The remaining company is Jana Castillo, Toby Derrick, Libby Montilla, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Marnie Palomares, Lewis Rankin and Joshua Thomson, along with Craig Bary as Rehearsal Director and Guy Harding as Production Manager.

Contact Details
+61 2 9351 1941
C/O Seymour Centre, PO Box 553 Broadway NSW 2007
ABN 40 146 251 989

Shaun Parker & Company acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island elders, past and present.

Shaun Parker & Company prides itself on celebrating diversity, regardless of race, religious affiliation, gender identification or sexual orientation.