Steven Gates

Steven (he/him) is a musician, actor, writer, director, sound-designer, music producer, film-maker and comedy/cabaret performer.

Steven’s early desire to be taken seriously as a moody guitar-slinger was blown off course by his first break: playing a magical swagman on the ABC children’s program, Shape Shape Shape. As a member of the Aria award-winning music based comedy group Tripod, ‘Gatesy’ has released over twenty CD/DVDs since 1997, and has performed worldwide including four Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and Montreal’s Just for Laughs. Tripod first gained national attention for their early Song-In-An-Hour segment on Triple J, and have written songs for countless TV shows, video game companies, and orchestras including the MSO.

Steven was a core cast‐member and writer on the sketch show, skitHOUSE, and other tv credits include Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, Upper Middle Bogan and FISK. His most treasured accolade is the peer-voted Piece of Wood award, which was bestowed on him at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival for Stubborn Monkey Disorder, his show with Bob Franklin. In 2017 he premiered a two-hander show with Paul McDermott which toured successfully for several years.

Steven is currently a showbiz swiss-army-knife: he produces, directs and tour-manages comedy/cabaret shows, writes and performs songs for commercials, and was recently creating featured songs for The Weekly on the ABC.

Shortlist of major non-Tripod Related previous credits?
Major television credits include House Husbands, It’s a Date, Blue Heelers, Die on Your Feet. Get Krack!n. Neighbours.
Film Credits: The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, Redball.

Director – MICF shows:

  • Stubborn Monkey Disorder. 5 Stars (The Age)
  • Watson: Go To Hell. 4.5 Stars (The Age)
  • Girls Uninterrupted. 4 Stars (Beat Magazine)

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

  • Suburban Gothic 4 Stars (Glam Adelaide)

As Sound Designer

  • Sydney Festival: Inside (Frank Woodley/Simon Yates)