Sydney Theatre Company has a proud heritage as a creative hub and incubator for Australian theatre and theatre-makers.
Through the Resident Artists, Emerging Writers Group and CAAP Directors Initiative programs, 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.
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In 2020, Paige Rattray will direct Terence Rattigan's beautiful mid-century drama The Deep Blue Sea, and the wild, provocative rom-com Triple X, written by and starring NYC-based drag performer Glace Chase. Paige has previously directed How to Rule the World, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Black is the New White, Power Plays and Boys will be Boys for STC. Other work for STC includes being Dramaturg on The Golden Age, Assistant Director on Speed-the-Plow, Arms and the Man, Battle of Waterloo and Travelling North and Director on the script workshops Rough Draft #31: Martyrs and Rough Draft #13: Underland. Rattray has also directed Scenes from a Marriage and Switzerland for Queensland Theatre.
Paige is co-founder of independent theatre company Arthur, and was the 2011 Resident Director at Griffin Theatre Company as well as its 2010 Affiliate Director. Paige won Best Direction of a Mainstage Production in 2019 for The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Best Mainstage Production at the 2016 Matilda Awards for Switzerland, Best Production at the 2013 VCE Drama Awards and was the recipient of a 2015 Glorias Fellowship and a 2016 Mike Walsh Fellowship. She is a graduate of NIDA.
In 2020, Jessica will direct three mainstage plays for STC, including the hilarious, topical takedown of '50s nostalia in Laura Wade's Home, I'm Darling; a furious, groundbreaking swipe at the businss of making art with Ella Hickon's The Writer; and Angus Cerini’s gothic true-crime thrillerWonnangatta. Previously for STC, she has directed the international hit Mosquitoes by Lucy Kirkwood, Banging Denmark, the world premiere of Anna Barnes' new play Lethal Indifference, Rough Draft #32: The Profit by Angus Cameron and Rough Draft #36: Banging Denmark by Van Badham. She has worked as assistant director with Kip Williams on Lucy Kirkwood’s Chimerica and with Andrew Upton (former STC Artistic Director) on Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. In 2017 Jessica was STC's Richard Wherrett Fellow, a position created in memory of the former Artistic Director.
Jessica’s other 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 Melbourne Theatre Company.
She worked as assistant director with Kip Williams on Melbourne Theatre Company's production of Miss Julie, and Sarah Goodes (former STC Resident Director) on NIDA’s Scorched.
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 is a designer with a background in installation and performance art. In 2019, Elizabeth worked on Kate Mulvany's new adaptation of Schiller's Mary Stuart, Lucy Kirkwood's Mosquitoes and Nigel Williams' stage adaptation of William Golding's Lord of the Flies. Previously with STC she has worked on Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children, Nakkiah Lui’s Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death, Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul, Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced, Angela Betzien'sThe Hanging, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary, Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine, and Moira Buffini's Dinner.
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.
Q&A: Set Designer Elizabeth Gadsby on A Cheery Soul (2018)
Video: Elizabeth Gadsby takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of her set for The Children (2018)
Podcast: Elizabeth Gadsby discusses her design for Disgraced (2016)
RICHARD WHERRETT FELLOW
The Richard Wherrett Fellowship is a career pathway opportunity for emerging and developing directors.
Shari is a proud Bardi, Jabirr-Jabirr woman born and raised in Darwin. At 19 Shari was one of ten young artists chosen for “SPARK”, the Australia Council for the Arts first theatre mentorship program. In 2006 she was accepted into Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she completed the certificate 3 course in Aboriginal Theatre. At the end of the year she was accepted into NIDA, graduating in 2009.
In 2020, Shari will direct her first production at STC, the iconic, touching, and unexpectedly funny journey through Indigenous Australian history that is The 7 Stages of Grieving. Previously for STC, Shari has appeared in The Battle of Waterloo directed by Sarah Goodes, Black is the New White (2017 & 2018 return season) directed by Paige Rattray, The Bleeding Tree (Griffin Theatre's production presented at STC) directed by Lee Lewis and A Cheery Soul (2018) directed by Kip Williams. Other roles include A Hoax for La Boite/Griffin Theatre; Radiance and Back to the Dojo for Belvoir Theatre; Octoroon for Queensland Theatre Company. In 2019, Shari will be performing in Our Town for Black Swan Theatre Company.
Shari is a proud and passionate advocate for Indigenous theatre especially the development of new and contemporary works. In 2011 Shari was cast in her first film role of Kay in The Sapphires. TV appearances include Redfern Now, The Gods Of Wheat Street and 8MMM Aboriginal Radio for ABC; Warwick Thornton’s feature The Darkside; the web-series Soul Mates; Foxtel's first feature Australia Day; Matchbox Pictures The Heights; comedy The Let Down 2; Feature Top End Wedding. Other film appearances include Thor:Ragnarok and the lead in Teenage Kicks.
Shari is the recipient of the Graham Kennedy Logie Award for Outstanding New Talent (2012).
PATRICK WHITE PLAYWRIGHTS FELLOW
Nakkiah Lui 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.
Nakkiah is a Gamillaroi/Torres Strait Islander woman, a young leader in the Australian Aboriginal community, and a multi award-winning writer and actor in TV shows such as ABC’s Black Comedy and Kiki & Kitty. She has appeared on Q&A and The Drum, is a regular guest on Screen Time, and co-hosts the BuzzFeed podcast series Pretty For An Aboriginal. In 2018, Nakkiah won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award - Nick Enright Prize for her play Black is the New White.
Nakkiah Lui is well known to STC audience with three of her plays Black is the New White, Blackie Blackie Brown and How to Rule the World being staged in the last three years. Black is the New White was first presented in 2017 with a sell-out season at the Wharf, and returned for an encore season at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in 2018. This was followed up by her critically acclaimed play Blackie Blackie Brown in 2018 which also had a season at Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne. In 2019 her play How to Rule the World premiered at the Sydney Opera House and played a season at Canberra Theatre Centre. In 2019 all three works were presented at mainstage theatres in Australia.
EMERGING WRITERS' GROUP
The STC Emerging Writers’ Group is an initiative aimed specifically at emerging playwrights. Now in its second year, the Emerging Writer’s Group aims to encourage the next generation of Australian playwrights, supporting their professional development, expanding skill sets and helping them discover and hone their own distinctive voices.
Members of our 2019/20 Emerging Writers Group are:
James Elazzi is an Australian writer who grew up in Western Sydney. His writing seeks to find a balance between both cultures of Australian and his Lebanese heritage. A catalyst in James' writing is the universal ideas of obstacle and transition. His characters ebb and flow through themes of family, culture and nudging the status quo, inadvertently challenging existing cultural conventions. His characters exist to break the mould and find what is true, and this is always at the core of his writing. James completed the 2017 National Theatre of Parramatta’s script program, Page to Stage, culminating in a public reading of his script Miriam. James was also chosen to be part of the 2018 NToP’s emerging playwrights program, ‘Creative Futures’. James’s script Miriam was then given a public reading in 2018 National Playwriting Festival. James’ play Omar and Dawn was a finalist and showcased in the 2018 bAKEHOUSE Storyteller’s festival at KingsX Theatre. In 2019, James’ play, Son Of Byblos in partnership with Siren Theatre Company, was chosen to have a public reading. In 2019, Omar and Dawn was staged in King’s Cross Theatre, supported by Apocalypse Theatre and Green Door Theatre, while James’s sold out play Lady Tabouli was chosen to be part of Griffin Theatre’s Batch Festival.
Jordyn Fulcher is an actor and emerging playwright from Sydney. Recently graduating from her Advanced Diploma in Acting at AFTT (The Academy of Film, Theatre, and Television) in 2017, she turned her focus to nourishing her skills and creative potential in writing. Penning her first novel at eleven years old in her grandparent's living room, Jordyn found her home in the stories she told and the natural wonder of the world around her. She hopes to contribute to the narrative that demands unbound humanity. Her notable acting credits include: Caryl Churchill's ensemble piece Love and Information (2017), Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (2016), David Mamet's Speed the Plow (2016), Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters (2015), Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (2013), Shakespeare's Hamlet (2013) and the staged adaption of John Marsden's So Much To Tell You (2012). In 2019, Jordyn was cast in Amy Sole's Doing, the debut show by Puddle or Pond, in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE.
Enoch Mailangi is a text-based artist and writer for performance currently based in Lakemba, Sydney. While studying a Masters of Fine Arts (Writing for Performance) at NIDA, Enoch staged their first production with Campbelltown Arts Centre, FLORA 4 FLORA, a movement comedy about a Grindr hook-up between a Native Wattle and Introduced British Rose. The twist was that the production had no IRL audience and was only watchable on Facebook live. Their work currently interrogates three main ideas; who Indigenous characters are on screen when they’re not too busy responding to whiteness, Blak Mediocrity as a legitimate tool against the dangers of Blak Excellence, and celebrity culture as a vehicle of colonisation. Their works and texts explore larger themes of desire, shame, and the internet. Enoch is a Libra first, and a Taurus rising and just wants to have fun and kick back with the girlies.
Wendy is a Papua New Guinean inter-disciplinary storyteller. She is a NIDA Acting graduate and Creative Director of Melanin Haus, a creative arts company based in Cairns, Far North QLD. She works and devises across live performance and film as an actor, writer and visual artist. Some of her acting credits include; ABC’s Season 2 of The Code, Home Invasion at the Old 505 in Newtown and Moby Dick at the Seymour Centre where she was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in an Independent Production. Wendy performed in 2018's Festival Fatale at Darlinghurst Theatre in a play she co-wrote called Jelbu Meri. Wendy has also undertaken a residency through the University of Sydney at Rex Cramphorn Studio for a verbatim theatre piece she devised called Voices of West Papua. In 2019, her visual arts project entitled m e r i was part of an exhibition at the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns. One of Wendy's quests as a writer and artist is to make alive what is quiet and asleep in Melanesian stories and unpack the myriad of layers that is black Pacific Islander identity.
CAAP DIRECTORS INITIATIVE
The CAAP Directors Initiative is aimed at unearthing, nurturing and developing Asian Australian directors for the stage. Working with Contemporary Asian Australian Performance (CAAP), in partnership with Queensland Theatre and Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company is offering a two-year tailored training program for selected participants.
Tasnim is a playwright, dramaturg and screenwriter. She was the 2017 Resident Playwright at ATYP where she currently serves as a board member. Her works have been staged by ATYP, 24:7 Theatre Festival in Manchester, Griffin Theatre, Fringe World in Perth and Crack Theatre Festival, Newcastle. She has screened projects with Goalpost Productions and You Are Here Festival. She has performed her poetry around Australia and teaches playwriting and performance poetry skills.
Kenneth is an actor, writer and director. His directing debut was an immersive theatrical/cinematic/live music show They Say She’s Different (Adelaide Cabaret/Melbourne Fringe Festivals). He was a leading artist in This Here. Land (Liveworks 2017). His numerous acting credits include Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical, Australian Graffiti, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Man with Five Children (STC), Australian tours of Australia Day and War Horse and upcoming, An Enemy of the People (Belvoir).
Jennifer is an actor, director, creative producer and theatre maker. Recent credits include the ABC TV comedy Rosehaven, the stage production of Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT and a reading of White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King at the 2018 National Play Festival. A recipient of an Australia Council Emerging Cultural Leadership grant, she was part of the team behind the inaugural WITS Festival Fatale in Sydney.
Courtney is a director, actor, dancer and teaching artist. She has worked on productions and developments of new Australian works including Single Asian Female by Michelle Law and A Ghost in My Suitcase by Vanessa Bates. She was Assistant Director on the STC production of Australian Graffiti and directed developments of White Pearl by Anchuli Felicia King and Barbaric Truth by Jordan Shea.