Stephanie Hutchison. Photo by Sian Richards.
Stephanie Hutchison was born in Kitchener, Ontario and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. She danced with Ottawa Ballet and Ballet BC before joining The National Ballet of Canada’s Corps de Ballet in 1997. Stephanie was promoted to Second Soloist in 2000, First Soloist in 2003 and Principal Character Artist in 2015. In 2019, she became Pointe Shoe Manager and Assistant Ballet Mistress. In 2023, Stephanie celebrated 26 years with the National Ballet and retired as Principal Character Artist, assuming the role of Rehearsal Director.
With the National Ballet she performed a broad range of roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire, including Stepsister and Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis in Giselle and Queen of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and featured roles in George Balanchine’s Rubies, Crystal Pite’s Emergence, James Kudelka’s The Man in Black, among others.
Stephanie has assisted and coached on such National Ballet’s productions as Karen Kain’s Swan Lake, Crystal Pite’s Angels’ Atlas, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in C, Robert Binet’s Orpheus Alive and The Dreamers Ever Leave You, Siphesihle November’s On Solid Ground and many others.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Stephanie Hutchison as the Queen of Hearts was hilarious. Her spoof of the Rose Adagio was broad enough to elicit belly laughs even from those who never saw Sleeping Beauty.”
— Dance Magazine
Romeo and Juliet
“As Lady Capulet, Stephanie Hutchison follows a long line of dramatic ballerinas who have found just the right note of nobility overlying a fragile interior.”
— The Globe and Mail