Resident Artists

Sydney Theatre Company has a proud heritage as a creative hub and incubator for Australian theatre and theatre-makers.

Through the Resident Artists program, STC is committed to providing professional development opportunities, access to key personnel and resources, and encouragement and support to pursue interests and projects away from STC. Our Resident Artists also play key roles in the day-to-day artistic life of the Company.

Supported by The Resident Artist Donors



Jessica Arthur
Richard Wherrett Fellow

Jessica Arthur is the current Sydney Theatre Company Richard Wherrett Fellow, a position created in memory of the former Artistic Director. It is an opportunity for an emerging director to work within the Company to develop their craft and understanding of the theatre industry.

Jessica’s directing credits include Intoxication by Christopher Bryant (La Mama Courthouse), Unend by Harry Black for Never Never Theatre Company at Adelaide and Sydney Fringe Festivals, How Are You? by Laura Lethlean for Design Canberra Festival, The Sugar Syndrome by Lucy Prebble for The Kings Collective and Rausch with the guidance of Falk Richter, which led to her to undertake an internship in Germany at the Schauspiel Frankfurt for Safe Places, by Falk Richter and Anouk van Dijk. Jessica also completed a directorial secondment on The Weir by Conor McPherson at The Melbourne Theatre Company.

She worked as assistant director with Andrew Upton (former STC Artistic Director) on Sydney Theatre Company's Endgame by Samuel Beckett and in 2016, assisted Kip Williams (Current STC Artistic Director) on the Melbourne Theatre Company production of Miss Julie, and Sarah Goodes (former STC Resident Director) on NIDA’s Scorched. Jess is co-founder of theatre company The Anchor.

Jessica also directed a reading of The Other Place by Christopher Bryant (State Library of Victoria) and Someone by Coin Banks, a music video for Rage and Triple J. She was also dramaturg for Hamlet [Working Title] by David Burrowes and Drew Wilson at the Sydney Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival and Design Canberra Festival. 

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Monash University 2013), including a semester of Theatre and Performance at Leeds University, UK and a Master of Fine Arts (Directing) at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA 2014/2015). Jessica is co-founder of the theatre company The Anchor.

Elizabeth Gadsby
Resident Designer

Elizabeth is a designer with a background in installation and performance art. In our 2016 Season, she has worked on Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar and The Hanging by Angela Betzien. For our upcoming 2017 Season, she will be designing Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary with Resident Director Imara Savage, Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine with Director Kip Williams and Moira Buffini's Dinner again teaming up with Resident Director Imara Savage.

Her other theatre design credits include Faust: part one, Cloud 9, and the musical Woyzeck for NIDA; Bach Coffee Cake with the LBC for London Handel Festival 2013, BREMF 2014, Newbury Festival 2016, Petworth Festival 2015; Much Ado about Nothing for Sport for Jove; Epic Fail for PIAF and W.A Ballet; Ecobots and Plain Jane for Buzz Dance Theatre and Awesome Festival; The Old Maid and the Thief and The Impressario and The Bernstein Mass for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; Costume design for The Boat People by the Hayloft Project and Rock Surfers; Cinderella for Belvoir St Theatre; Cut for Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe 2015; A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il for Griffin Theatre Company; Orfeo ed Erudice for Spectrum Now Festival; Fly Away Peter and An Index of Metals for Sydney Chamber Opera.

She has undertaken international artist in residence positions at ArtLab San Servolo; Galerie der Kunst and took part in Underbelly at Carriageworks in 2007 and 2008. She is a recent recipient of an Australia Council Art Start Grant, a William Fletcher Scholarship and is a current resident in the City of Sydney’s Creative Living Work Space program.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School and a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts from NIDA.

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Tommy Murphy
Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow

Tommy Murphy is the current Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwrights’ Fellow, which is a position for an established playwright whose work has been produced professionally in Australia. 

Tommy Murphy is an award-winning playwright, television and film writer. Holding the Man, Murphy's incredibly successful adaptation for the stage, continues to be produced across the world with upcoming productions in France, USA and Israel. He wrote the screenplay for the recent feature film Holding the Man, for which he was also Associate Producer, and won the Australian Writers’ Guild Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Screenplay. The play won multiple awards including the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Australian Writers’ Guild Award and the Philip Parsons Award. Murphy's play Gwen in Purgatory won the WA Premier’s Award and the prestigious Richard Burton Prize.

Murphy was a writer on the highly acclaimed TV drama Devil's Playground (winner Logie Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie and AACTA Best Telefeature or Mini Series) amongst other TV projects.

His upcoming stage works include The Desirables for Black Swan, the state theatre company of Western Australia, and a new play for Belvoir theatre. His adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding formed part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Other plays include Troy’s House (ACT Young Writer's Award), Strangers in Between (NSW Premier’s Literary Award Winner), which opens in a new production this year at London's Kings Head Theatre, and Saturn's Return for STC. He is a graduate of the NIDA directors’ course and is also the 2016 Creative Fellow in Drama at the University of Queensland. Tommy Murphy's first play won the Sydney Theatre Company Young Playwrights' Award in 1997.

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Imara Savage
Resident Director

Imara is a directing graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), and trained at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, the University of Veracruz in Mexico, the University of Technology, Sydney, and NIDA’s Playwright Studio.

For our upcoming 2017 Season, Imara will direct Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary and Moira Buffini's Dinner. Previously with STC she has directed Noel Coward's Hay Fever, Andrew Bovell's After Dinner and Sophie Treadwell's Machinal and worked as an Assistant Director on Fury, Pygmalion, Like a Fishbone, The Mysteries: Genesis and The Wonderful World of Dissocia.

Her other directing credits include: The Comedy of Errors for Bell Shakespeare; Owen Wingrave (Benjamin Britten) and In the Penal Colony (Philip Glass) for Sydney Chamber Opera; Fly Away Peter (Elliot Gyger) for Sydney Chamber Opera, Arts Centre Melbourne and Melbourne Festival; The Brothers Size for Griffin Independent; Orphans for Red Stitch; Fool for Love for Belvoir B Sharp; and Woyzeck (Wilson/Waits), Punk Rock and This Property is Condemned for NIDA. Her other assistant directing credits include: Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing for Bell Shakespeare; and La Sonnambula for Opera Australia.

Imara was the 2010 Affiliate Director at Griffin Theatre Company, the 2011 Director in Residence at Bell Shakespeare and the 2012 Richard Wherrett Fellow at Sydney Theatre Company. She is a current recipient of the Glorias Fellowship. Imara has also worked in Sri Lanka as a writer with the AusAid Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development and has been involved with other human rights organisations including work as a facilitator for the Oxfam International Youth Parliament and the Amnesty Youth Drama Festival.

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