Stella has lived and worked
in the United States since 1997. She is the first Australian to be made a Lifetime
member of the The Actors Studioafter which she was granted the prestigious EB1
(Alien Artist of Extraordinary Ability) Green Card. Among those who wrote
testimonials on Stella’s behalf were twice nominated Academy Award director,
Arthur Penn, National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honoree, Frank Corsaro,
Executive Producer of Inside the Actors Studio, James
Lipton, and Tony award winner, Carlin Glynn.
As an actress, Stella has been
cast in lead roles in Theatre, Cabaret, Film and Television throughout Australia and in New York,
Paris, Tokyo, London, Edinburgh
Projects in New York
include the Group Theatre Festival (Artistic Director, Estelle Parsons)
with Eli Wallach, Quentin Tarantino, Marisa Tomei, Earl Hyman, Stephen Lang and
Angelica Torn.While performing in the
1992 Edinburgh Festival with her one person show, Every Night Something Awful!
Stella was invited to appear on Scotland Tonight (BBC) and to sing at the Edinburgh
Military Tattoo. She was then invited to perform in Paris at Theatre Marie Stuart. In 1993/94
Stella lived in Tokyo
where she was cast in numerous Japanese/American theatre co-productions,
corporate training films and television commercials.
In 1990 Stella founded Other
People’s Business World, corporate entertainment for private parties, fund raising and social events.In 2000
she transferred the company from Australia
and Japan to USA
and launched her widely acclaimed cabaret, Alien from Down Under, one of the
shows currently available in the Other People’s Business World repertoire.
Stella is also available to custom write entertainment for specific audiences
While living in Japan, Stella wrote for The Japan Times and
completed Stories from an Actress with Nothing Better to do,excerpts from
which have been published in Tokyo, New York, UK,
Malta and in her own column
(SPNY) in The Age, Melbourne,
is published in Metro,New York
and in Marlo Thomas’ Right Words at the Right Time. Volume 2
Times Top 20). Her writing for The Actors Studio newsletter includesinterviews with celebrities such as Martin
Landau, Academy Award Winning actor and co-artistic director of The Actors Studio
West. Stella recently founded Speeches. Peaches. She custom writes
speeches and offers coaching to ensure effective presentation. Since 1998
Stella has reviewed books on theatre and critiqued theatre and special events
for New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA). In 2011, Stella pulbished and recorded Shrimp Shells in My Cleavage - Travel Tales from an Aussie Actress on the Run, Foreword by Academy Award winner, Estelle Parsons.
As a teacher, Stella has worked in a variety of settings ranging from studios and theatres to
classrooms and correction centers. Since 2000 she has been on the Faculty of
Film and TV Department at School of Visual Artsin New York teachingActing for Animators.Her teaching and artistic talents are
also sought by actors wishing to be coached privately when choosing material
and preparing for auditions. In Tokyo
she was hired by Let’s Studio to
coach actors and singers working in the English language. On the merits of this
work, she was invited to design and administer an English language voice
laboratory, Drama Voice for NOVA, Japan.
As a teaching artist, she has worked in the tri state for Theatre Development Fund,
Artsgenesis, Arts Horizons, 92nd St. Y, Inside Broadway, Broadway
Institute, Henry Street
Settlement, City Lights, Music for Many. From 1997 to 2013, Stella was a teaching artist and professional developer for Lincoln Center Education.