The Wharf is currently closed for renovation, and Sydney Theatre Company’s operations will be relocated while the improvements are taking place. Due to this major building project, our Archives Department and the public research service (email and in-person) will be closed until further notice. The Archivist is unable to respond to requests. We apologise for any inconvenience. 


We have temporarily closed STC archives for in-person research while The Wharf is being renovated. The STC Education Department may be able to arrange access to screen archival recordings of STC productions on a case-by-case basis, depending on availability of venue and staff. A list of available recordings can be viewed here. Please enquire to studentlearning@sydneytheatre.com.au


In 1996, Sydney Theatre Company was the first performing arts company in Australia to employ a trained archivist and establish its own dedicated archives repository to house its corporate records.

STC has produced over 1,400 plays, workshops, playreadings and events since inception in 1978. Archived material and information is used in the daily operation of the Company, and adds to the heritage of performing arts in Australia.

There are two main groups of records:

Administrative records including annual reports, minutes of meetings, licences, contracts, departmental operating files, correspondence, etc.; and

Production information found in season brochures, programs, posters, archival recordings, production photographs, reviews, prompt copies, scripts, designs for sets, props, costumes, lighting and sound, etc. (Please note: amount and variety of material differs from play to play.)

STC is grateful for the support of the STC Pier Group and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation in the establishment and subsequent refurbishment of the archives.


The Walkway Project, curated by Tania Kelley, is a retrospective of Sydney Theatre Company production photographs, dating from the Interim Season of the Company in 1979 to the present.  Designed to be an evolving exhibition, The Walkway Project is a testament to the creativity of the Company and its commitment to its history, and would not have been possible without the generous support of Ian Darling AO.