Steven McMahon

Artistic Director

Steven joined Ballet Memphis in 2004 as a dancer and has created more than 30 works for Ballet Memphis, including his first full-length ballet, Wizard of Oz as well as Soul Selects Her Own Society, Confluence, I Am, and Peter Pan. Other new ballets for Ballet Memphis include Carnival of the Animals, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, and Dracula. Steven also has choreographed many original works including The Lovely Story of Us, which was performed in Helsinki, Finland, at the International Ballet Competition, and two of his works, Being Here With Other People and Confluence, have been performed at the Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis. His works also have been performed at Organizacion Para La Artes in Guatemala and at other venues around the nation including the Joyce Theater in New York and the Alabama Dance Festival. His first ballet, What Your Soul Sings, premiered at Ballet Memphis’ Interiorworks. He was a 2016 National Arts Strategies Senior Management Institute fellow as well as a fellow in the 2016 Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators in Salzburg, Austria. Steven, who is originally from Glasgow, Scotland, joined the Company after completing his training at The Ailey School in New York City. He retired from the stage in 2016.

Original Works

Full-Length Choreography

  • Peter Pan (2014)
  • Romeo and Juliet (2011)
  • Cinderella (2009)
  • Carnival of the Animals (2008)
  • Wizard of Oz (2007)

Mixed Repertory Choreography

  • 2018: Turnout, Unapologetic
  • 2017: Stella
  • 2016: Vanguard
  • 2015: I Am, new “Snow” and “Battle” scenes for Nutcracker
  • 2014: Flyway
  • 2013: Musings, The Royal We, {Untitled}
  • 2012: Confluence, {Untitled: The Gift}, The Soul Selects Her Own Society
  • 2011: Meridian
  • 2009: Anniversary, Being Here With Other People, The Asymmetry of Hemispheres,The Lovely Story of Us
  • 2008: Pain, Andante, Flock Together
  • 2007: Off Kilter, Whine and Dine
  • 2006: Appeteaser, What Your Soul Sings