Joining The Australian Ballet as a dancer in 1975, Stephen Baynes' extraordinary talent as a choreographer was first unveiled in 1986 with Strauss Songs, a work created for a company choreographic workshop. In 1988, for The Australian Ballet's 25th anniversary choreographic competition, Stephen presented the winning work Ballade. Stephen Baynes' first commissioned work for The Australian Ballet, Catalyst, premiered in 1990 and toured nationally. It was performed on the 1992 tour of London where it received a nomination for Best Dance Production at the Laurence Olivier Awards, and again in 1994 on the company's tour of the United States. In 1995 Stephen was appointed The Australian Ballet's Resident Choreographer, with subsequent works for the company including Beyond Bach, Shadow in the Facet, At the edge of night (televised on ABC), 1914, Personal Best, Molto Vivace, Imaginary Masque, and Unspoken Dialogues (which received the Helpmann Award for Best Choreography). Stephen has had works commissioned by the Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle and New York City Ballet. His restaging of the classic ballet Raymonda premiered in Melbourne in September 2006 and his Constant Variants premiered as part of The Australian Ballet's New romantics programme in Sydney, May 2007. Stephen's most recent work for The Australian Ballet was created with composer Richard Mills for 2008 Interplay programme.