Artistic vision

Since 1978, Sydney Theatre Company has produced work that is – in the words of founding artistic director Richard Wherrett – “grand, vulgar, intelligent, challenging and fun.” A paradox as playful as our city.

In the 21st century, the company is dedicated to producing Australian works of ambition and scale. We create and share stories with artists and audiences that provide opportunities for reflection, revelation and joy. And we share our work widely through regional, national and international touring, partnerships and outreach activities.

Our four home venues ranging in size from 160 to 890 seat capacities allow us to develop and celebrate theatrical expression of all kinds. We keep classics alive and resonating with the present day, and our resident artist, commissioning and workshop programs ensure we continue to discover and develop the next wave of Australian stories and storytellers.

Our strategic plan commits us to building creative capacity in the community which we do through publications and events that offer life-long learning as well as experiences tailored to schools. Our partnership with The University of Sydney, School Drama, delivers theatre-based literacy learning around the country in primary schools, adult education centres, refugee groups and juvenile detention facilities.

We are proud that over the years Sydney Theatre Company has produced work with some of Australia’s – and the world’s – most exciting performers, writers, directors and creative teams; and that we continue to invest in and promote the artistic legends of the future.

Photo: The Harp in the South. By Ruth Park, an adaptation for the stage by Kate Mulvany. Directed by STC Artistic Director Kip Williams. 2018