Stephanie Eslake is a freelance arts journalist, editor, and educator. With degrees in media and music, she loves discovering ways to combine her passions.
Stephanie won the City of Hobart Australia Day 2017 Young Citizen of the Year Award for her “community contribution by creating an online promotional and educational network for young Australian classical musicians”. In 2014, she founded CutCommon – Australia’s online magazine for the young classical musician. In 2017 it was shortlisted for a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, placing it as one of the top 10 classical music projects in the world.
The inaugural 2017 Kill Your Darlings New Critic Award winner, Stephanie also placed as a finalist in the 2017 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards (semi-finalist in 2016), and was shortlisted for the 2017 Kat Muscat Fellowship. This year, she tutors writing as part of an Associate Degree at Foundry (in which she has also written her subject’s course content).
With her feature stories and reviews, Stephanie has been published in The Mercury, TasWeekend, Limelight Magazine, The Music, ArtsHub (ArtsHub UK, ScreenHub), Aphra Magazine, The Courier Mail, The Daily Telegraph (RendezView), Adelaide Now, Young Opportunities Australia, Perth Now, The Herald Sun, and Warp Magazine. She has worked as subeditor of Warp, along with Tasmania’s Undertow magazine promoting women in the arts. In 2015, she spent time as acting editor and lead writer for The Mercury’s music publication Pulse, and from 2016-17 worked as co-editor and publications mentor for the Hobart City Council’s Platform youth arts and culture magazine. This year, she is part of the Making Waves Making Conversation podcast interview team.
Stephanie co-founded Upbeat Monthly News for the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music in 2012, and attended the Australian Youth Orchestra Words About Music Program in 2014. Using knowledge achieved through the AYO, she has written program notes for the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, hosted features on Edge Radio 99.3 and ABC Classic FM, and worked in live broadcast production. The classical saxophonist tutors woodwind, and outside of life’s commitments she enjoys learning about music from other cultures, and composing for joy in a range of styles.