Meet Senior Artist

Brett Chynoweth

Introducing Brett

Brett Chynoweth was born in Melbourne. At age five, he began training at a local ballet school. He soon moved to The Australian Ballet School, where he received, among other awards, the Dr HC (Nuggett) Coombes Travelling Scholarship, which enabled him to train in New York and Toronto, and the prestigious Graeme Murphy Award for Excellence in Contemporary Dance. Brett has been on five Dancers Company tours between 2003-08. He graduated dux from The Australian Ballet School with honours to join The Australian Ballet at the beginning of 2009, and was promoted to Senior Artist at the end of 2015. Since joining The Australian Ballet, Brett has performed a variety of classical and contemporary works by choreographers such as Acosta, Duato, Harbour, Kylián, McGregor, Murphy and Ratmansky, and danced principal roles in works by some of the greats - Ashton, Balanchine, Lifar, MacMillan, Wheeldon and Wright.

repertoire highlights

  • Prince Désiré In David McAllister's The Sleeping Beauty 2015
  • Puck in Frederick Ashton's The Dream 2015
  • The Prince in Peter Wright's The Nutcracker 2014
  • Lescaut in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Manon 2014
  • Wayne McGregor’s Chroma and Dyad 1929 2014, 2013

  • Mazurka in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2014
  • Earl’s Equerry in Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake 2013, 2012
  • Mercutio in Graeme Murphy’s Romeo & Juliet 2012, 2011
  • Lead Cupid in Stephen Baynes’ Molto Vivace 2010
  • Nacho Duato’s Por vos muero 2009

You may not know

Constantly curious, Brett is undertaking several short courses on the arts and creative management, philosophy and theatre.

Professional accolades


  • Walter Bourke Scholarship 2013
  • Telstra Ballet Dancer Award Nominee 2011
  • Maurice Sullivan Memorial Scholarship 2011/12

an honest and engaging performer who consistently draws your eye to him

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