Originally from Edmonton, Stephanie has been active in the entertainment industry for most of her life. Stephanie graduated from Grant MacEwan College with a diploma in Theatre Production in 2005. After working in Edmonton's theatre scene for a few years, Stephanie moved to Red Deer where she attended Red Deer College and earned an Applied Bachelor Degree in Motion Picture Arts. In 2012 Stephanie accepted a Grip Trainee position on Heartland, and has been actively working in the Grip department since. She became a member of IATSE Local 212 in November 2013 and officially moved to Calgary. Stephanie has been fortunate to grip on numerous films and TV series including Hell On Wheels, Young Drunk Punk, Cut Bank, War for the Planet of the Apes, Alpha, One Hit Die, Tin Star, Fargo, Damnation and most recently, Wynonna Earp. While she's found success in film, Stephanie remains active in theatre and works regularly as a stagehand in both lighting and carpentry at many venues in Calgary, including Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction and The Jack Singer Concert Hall. Stephanie enjoys being involved with Local 212 and the Young Workers Committee.
What's a defining moment in your life?
When I was a little girl, my parents took my sister and I to see The Ice Capades. It was Mario Brothers on ice. I spent most of the performance trying to figure out where the pretty coloured lights were coming from.
What are your concerns about the future/what is the next obstacle you're looking at overcoming?
My biggest concern about the future is growing the industry here in Calgary. We have so much talent and skilled labour here in Alberta, but without steady employment people are leaving for Vancouver and Toronto.
What was the most successful moment of your career so far?
The most successful moment of my career so far was while filming Season One of Damnation. A second Unit was added and the Key Grip gave me the opportunity to be the Second Unit Key Grip. It was stressful, but extremely rewarding. It means a lot to have a boss that believes in you.
What advice do you have for other women in the industry?
My advice would be to keep working and growing. Continue to learn and improve your skill set. You can never have enough knowledge.
Why did you decided to work in the industry?
I decided to work in the industry because film is a medium I've always gravitated to. I like having a part in telling a story.
What would you do instead if you couldn't work in film?
I started my career working in theatre, and I've continued to work in stage while also working in film. So I would continue to work as a theatre technician.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Wynonna Earp in the Grip department. I am aiming to start producing projects in the future.