STEPHEN SHYNES (Stephen Galberth by birth) is an interdisciplinary artist from Washington, D.C. He began his early dance training at Duke Ellington School of Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montclair State University, where he was a recipient of the Choreographic Excellence Award in 2016. Shynes was also the second runner up in the American College Dance Association to perform his work “M-a-rgin” that same year.
Professionally, he has danced for Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Antonio Brown Dance, Nathan Trice Rituals, Earl Mosley, and the Windmill Factory. His television credits include POSE and the Sesame Street TV series “Helpsters”. Stephen's choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, the Martha Graham Studio, Triskelion Arts, SMUSH Gallery, Love is the Message, Orange Dance Festival, In Full Color, and at the ACE Hotel. He has served as a choreographer and teaching artist at TRI-C Dance Academy, Gallim Dance, Jersey City Public Library, Mark Morris Dance Group, Montclair State University, Arts High School, and several studios in the Tri-state area.
Shynes has since ventured into directing, producing, and choreographing for film. In 2019, he was awarded the CHIRP residency in Jersey City, NJ and founded theLAB by Artists of Color. theLAB has produced “Color Stories”, a showcase for established and emerging choreographers and “It’s BIGGER Than Me,” a film on the black experience during the pandemic.
He is currently the movement coach for The Public Theater Shakespeare Initiative, a teaching artist at The Apollo, and a freelance creative artist.
Photos by Whitney Browne