Professor Garry Stewart is an internationally recognised choreographer and director. He has been the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre since 1999. His work has involved collaborations across diverse fields such as robotics, architecture, psychology, 3D stereoscopic graphics, interactive video, film, virtual reality, photography and video installation. His most recent works have been centred around discourses on the body in relation to nature, climate change and posthumanism. His stage productions have toured to some of the world's leading dance houses including Theatre de la Ville (Paris), the Joyce Theater (New York), Barbican Centre (London), Sadlers Wells Theatre (London), Grand Theatre de la Ville de Luxembourg and Sydney Opera House. He has also created live performance works for museums and various public spaces. His video installations have been screened at ACMI, Adelaide Biennale, TanzHaus Dusseldorf, Birmingham Hippodrome and toured across Australia with Experimenta Recharge.
He is a 2017 Churchill Fellow which allowed him to make a comparative study of seven major international choreographic centres. In 2008 he was Artist in Residence at the Birmingham International Dance Festival. In 2012-2013 he was Thinker in Residence at Deakin University and in 2014 Artist in Residence at NIDA. Professor Stewart has been commissioned to create works for Australian Ballet, Royal Flanders Ballet, Sydney Dance Company and Rambert Dance Company, among others. He has been a jury member for both the Rolex Scholarship Programme (Geneva) and the Hannover Competition for Choreography.
Professor Stewart has received numerous awards including the Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work and Helpmann Awards for Best New Dance Production as well as multiple Australian Dance Awards, Green Room Awards and Ruby Awards. In 2001 he received a Centenary Award from the Australian Government for Services to the Arts and in 2015 the inaugural Australia Council Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. He has received a 2 year Australia Council Fellowship to study dance and new technologies and a scholarship from the NSW Ministry for the Arts to study Klein technique in New York.