Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has been a major force in Australian drama since its establishment in 1978. The Company presents an annual season of diverse productions at its own venues at The Wharf and nearby Roslyn Packer Theatre at Walsh Bay, and as the resident theatre company of the Sydney Opera House. Andrew Upton became Co Artistic Director with Cate Blanchett at the beginning of 2008, and held solo tenure as Artistic Director from 2013 to 2015. Jonathan Church commenced his tenure as Artistic Director in 2016.
Sydney Theatre Company offers audiences an eclectic program of Australian plays, interpretations of the classic repertoire and the best of new international writing. It seeks to produce theatre of the highest standard that consistently illuminates, entertains and challenges. It is committed to the engagement between the imagination of its artists and its audiences and the development of the theatrical art-form. As the state theatre company of NSW, it also produces a significant education program, and work devised by, and for, developing artists. The Company reaches beyond its home state, touring productions throughout Australia and internationally. It plays annually to audiences regularly in excess of 300,000.
Sydney Theatre Company actively fosters relationships and collaborations with international artists and companies. Renowned directors Benedict Andrews, Michael Blakemore, Max Stafford-Clark, Howard Davies, Declan Donnellan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liv Ullmann, Steven Soderbergh and Tamás Ascher have worked with STC in recent years. STC has launched and fostered the theatre careers of many of Australia's internationally renowned artists including Mel Gibson, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne and Cate Blanchett. STC has presented productions by Abbey Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Complicite, Cheek by Jowl, Out-of-Joint, the National Theatre of Great Britain and Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
In recent years, the company's international profile has grown significantly with productions including Hedda Gabler, A Streetcar Named Desire, Uncle Vanya, Gross und Klein (Big and Small), Waiting for Godot and The Maids touring extensively to great acclaim.