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Feature: Meet the cast and creatives of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Date posted: 18 Mar 2022 Author: STC Production:  The Picture of Dorian Gray 

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THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Written by Oscar Wilde
Adapted and directed by Kip Williams

The theatrical innovation and spectacle of Artistic Director Kip Williams’ vibrant adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray will once again delight audiences from 28 Mar, as the critically-acclaimed production returns to Sydney.  

This breathtaking production sees a single performer nimbly shapeshift to play all of the dark tale’s 26 characters in an audacious cascade of theatrical transformations. Eryn Jean Norvill will reprise her "out of this world" (Limelight) performance for this highly-anticipated encore season. For two performances, Nikki Shiels (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) will take on the role in this gripping, funny and ambitious one-person show.

Premiering in 2020 to five-star reviews and two sold-out season extensions, this triumph of theatre and its phenomenal cast and creative team took out four mainstage Sydney Theatre Awards earlier this year – Best Production, Best Direction, Best Stage Design and Best Performance in a Leading Role. 

Meet the fabulous, award-winning team!

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DorianGray_Headshots_160x1605resizedKip Williams – Director

Kip Williams is the Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company.

While at STC he has directed Julius CaesarPlaying Beatie BowThe Picture of Dorian GrayLord of the FliesCat on a Hot Tin RoofA Cheery SoulThe Harp in the South: Part One and Part TwoThe Resistible Rise of Arturo UiThree SistersCloud NineChimericaA Midsummer Night’s DreamAll My SonsThe Golden AgeLove and Information (a co-production with Malthouse), Suddenly Last SummerChildren of the SunMacbethRomeo and Juliet and Under Milk Wood, and was Associate Director on Andrew Upton’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac and Dramaturg on Sarah Goodes’ production of Orlando. In 2016, he directed a short film of Daniel Keene’s The Hungry Mile

For Melbourne Theatre Company, Kip adapted and directed August Strindberg’s Miss Julie. For Sydney Chamber Opera, he directed with Elizabeth Gadsby a gender-flipped production of The Rape of Lucretia (a co-production with Victorian Opera and Dark Mofo), An Index of MetalsThe Lighthouse, and the double bill Ich Habe Genug and Nunc Dimittis. For Malthouse Helium and US-A-UM he directed an all-female production of Lord of the Flies, for Tamarama Rock Surfers he directed Fallout at the Old Fitz Theatre, and for the Sydney Writers’ Festival he directed 1001 Nights. For the 18th Biennale of Sydney, he directed Through The Gates (also for Sydney Chamber Opera). For Princeton Theatre, New Jersey, he directed Fifth of July, for National Theatre, Melbourne, he directed One For the Road, and for NIDA he directed productions of Lord of the FliesCloud 9 and Samuel Beckett’s Not I.

Kip directed the short films B, Bee and Mee and Walk, as well as music videos for Guineafowl, including Little Fingers and Botanist, which was listed in ABC’s RAGE 50 list of the top music videos for 2009. In 2015, Kip won the Helpmann Award for Best Direction of a Play for his STC production of Suddenly Last Summer. In 2016, his production of Miss Julie won the Green Room Awards for Best Production, Best Direction, and Best Digital Media Design and Integration. He also won the 2018 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Director for The Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two which also won Best Production and Best New Work. At the 2021 Sydney Theatre Awards Kip also won Best Direction Of A Mainstage Production for The Picture of Dorian Gray and the production won Best Mainstage Production.

He has completed a Master of Dramatic Art in Directing at NIDA and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at University of Sydney. Kip now sits on NIDA’s Board of Directors.


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1603resizedEryn Jean Norvill – Performer, Dramaturg and Creative Associate

Eryn is excited to return to her role in The Picture of Dorian Gray. No stranger to the STC stage, she has also performed in productions of Three SistersAll My SonsKing LearSuddenly Last SummerCyrano de Bergerac and Romeo and Juliet. Her other theatre credits include Melancholia (Malthouse) The Government Inspector (Malthouse and Belvoir), The Boys (Griffin Theatre Company), Anthem (Performing Lines) and Fidelio (Western Australian Symphony Orchestra). For Melbourne Theatre Company, Eryn has performed in Hamlet and Top Girls. As a Writer, Dramaturg and Theatre Maker, Eryn has worked on A Tiny Chorus and NICHE. She has also appeared on television on ABC’s PREPPERS. Eryn has won many awards including four Sydney Theatre Awards for The Picture of Dorian Gray (2021), Suddenly Last Summer (2015), The Boys (2012) and Truckstop (2012). She has received two Green Room Awards for The Government Inspector (2014) and Top Girls (2012). Eryn has also received a Melbourne Fringe Festival People’s Choice Award for A Tiny Chorus (2009).


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1608resizedNikki Shiels – Alternate performer

Award-winning actress Nikki Shiels returns to Sydney Theatre Company as the alternate performer in The Picture of Dorian Gray after previously appearing in our productions of Cat on a Hot Tin RoofA Cheery Soul and Three Sisters. Her other theatre credits include My Brilliant CareerThe Sugar HouseThe Rover and Twelfth Night for Belvoir, The Unspoken Word is ‘Joe’ for Griffin Theatre, The Dream for Bell Shakespeare, Home, I’m DarlingThe Cherry OrchardTrue MindsTop Girls and Don Parties On for Melbourne Theatre Company, Picnic at Hanging RockNight on Bald MountainThe Dragon and Elizabeth: Almost by Chance a Woman for Malthouse, Joan for The RabbleThey Divided the SkyM + MThe Dollhouse and Peer Gynt for Daniel Schlusser Ensemble, Madeleine for Black Sequin Productions and The Last Wife for Ensemble Theatre. Her performance in MTC's Home, I'm Darling won her a 2021 Green Room Award and in 2018 she won a Sydney Theatre Award for They Divided the Sky. On television, Nikki has starred in BLOOMNeighboursHouse HusbandsChildhood’s End and Rush. Nikki has appeared in the film The Eye of the Storm and the short films Safety Net and Perfect Pair. She also performed in ABC Radio National's Cassandra is a Waitress. Nikki trained at the Victorian College of the Arts and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. 


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1606resizedMarg Horwell – Designer

Marg has an extensive list of design credits spanning theatres across Australia.

For STC, Marg has designed for The Picture of Dorian GrayAvalanche (with Barbican Theatre), How to Rule the World and The Histrionic (with Malthouse). As Costume Designer she also worked on STC productions of Lord of the Flies and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. She has worked on a wide range of productions for Malthouse including Because the Night (interiors), BlastedMelancholiaBlissCaravanThe Testament of MaryThe Real and Imagined History of The Elephant ManRevolt She Said Revolt AgainThe Homosexuals Or ‘Faggots’ (with Griffin Theatre Company), Edward III Am A Miracle and The Good Person Of Szechuan. Marg has also designed for many other leading theatre and opera companies including English National Opera, Opera Queensland, Victorian Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir and Griffin Theatre Company. She has also worked with Circa, Performing Lines, Dee and Cornelius, Angus Cerini Doubletap and Chunky Move. Marg has won seven Green Room Awards and two Sydney Theatre Awards including one for The Picture of Dorian Gray (2021).


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1607resizedNick Schlieper – Lighting Designer

Nick has worked on many productions for STC including The Picture of Dorian GrayPlaying Beatie BowWonnangattaThe Deep Blue SeaThe Real ThingCat on a Hot Tin RoofMosquitoesA Cheery SoulThe Harp in the South: Part One and Part TwoSaint JoanThe Resistible Rise of Arturo UiThree SistersChimericaAll My SonsKing LearThe PresentSwitzerlandMacbethWaiting for GodotThe MaidsGross und KleinUncle VanyaHedda GablerA Streetcar Named DesireThe CityEndgameFace to FaceBaal (with Malthouse) and Death and the Maiden (with MTC) and more. Nick has worked with leading Australian theatre companies including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse and Belvoir. His musical theatre work includes Love Never Dies (Australia, Tokyo, Hamburg, USA) and Priscilla (Australia, West End, Broadway). His other international work includes productions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, the State Theatre companies of Bavaria and Hamburg, Schillertheater Berlin, Theatre Clwyd Wales and the National Theatre of Norway. Nick has worked extensively with various national and international opera companies including Opera Australia productions of ToscaElixir of LoveTannhäuserTrovatoreFalstaff and more. For the Salzburg Festival, he worked on Lear and Médée while for Hamburg State Opera he worked on Billy Budd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Wagner’s Ring Cycle for State Opera of South Australia. Nick has won various awards for both lighting and set design including Six Green Room Awards, six Sydney Theatre Awards and five Helpmann Awards.


DorianGray_Headshots_160x160resizedClemence Williams – Composer and Sound Designer

Clemence has worked on many STC productions in a variety of roles including on Death of a SalesmanGrand HorizonsThe Picture of Dorian GrayBanging DenmarkLethal IndifferenceFun Home (a co-production with MTC, as Associate Director), Playing Beatie BowA Cheery Soul (As Composer), Saint Joan (As Assistant Director) and is currently the Composer/Sound Designer for Blithe Spirit which will open at the Sydney Opera House later this month. Her other theatre credits include HeisenbergTorch the PlaceArbus and West for Melbourne Theatre Company. She has worked on Romeo and Juliet for Bell Shakespeare and The Wolves for Belvoir. Clemence has also worked with Ensemble, Old Fitz, KXT, Old 505, New Theatre, New Fitz and Periscope Productions. Her work as Director and Assistant Director includes works for Sydney Chamber Opera, Red Line, Seymour Centre, New Theatre, KXT, Edinburgh Fringe, PACT, JackRabbit Theatre As and Sydney Conservatorium. Clemence received the 2021 APRA AMCOS Art Music Award for Best Live Performance for Commute. Clemence trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and Sydney Conservatorium.


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1602resizedDavid Bergman – Video Designer

David has a long list of credits both as a Video and Sound Designer. He has previously worked for STC on Julius CaesarThe Picture of Dorian GrayMuriel’s Wedding: The Musical (with Global Creatures), The HangingThe Effect (with Queensland Theatre) and The Long Way Home. As both Video and Sound Designer he has worked on STC productions including A Cheery Soul and The Wharf Revue (2009 – 2018); while as sound designer his STC credits include Playing Beatie Bow. As Video and Sound Designer, David recently worked on Merrily We Roll Along for Luckiest Productions/The Hayes Theatre. As Composer and Sound Designer, David has worked for theatre companies across Australia including Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta, Griffin Theatre Company, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, State Theatre Company South Australia, Seymour Centre and NIDA. As Video Designer, he has worked with Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Chamber Opera and Monkey Baa. His credits as Sound Designer include productions for Sydney Opera House, Belvoir, Monkey Baa, Curveball Creative, Hayes Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People. In 2021, David received two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Stage Design of a Mainstage Production (The Picture of Dorian Gray) and Best Sound Design of a Mainstage Production (Green Park). David completed his training at NIDA.


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1609resizedPaige Rattray – Production Dramaturg

Paige is excited to return to her role as Production Dramaturg for The Picture of Dorian Gray. No stranger to STC audiences, Paige has directed Triple X (with Queensland Theatre), Death of a SalesmanThe Deep Blue SeaThe Beauty Queen of LeenaneHow to Rule the WorldBlack is the New WhiteAustralian GraffitiPower PlaysBoys will be Boys and is currently directing Blithe Spirit which will open at the Sydney Opera House later this month. For other theatre companies, Paige has directed Fangirls (with Queensland Theatre, Australian Theatre for Young People and Brisbane Festival for Belvoir), as well as HeddaScenes from a Marriage and Switzerland for Queensland Theatre. Paige has also directed for her own production company ARTHUR, as well as MilkcrateWalkley FoundationOutback Theatre and has worked on many co-productions with independent and regional theatres across Australia. As dramaturg, Paige’s STC work includes The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Golden Age. Paige has been STC’s Associate Director since 2018 and was a previous Richard Wherrett Fellow. She has also held positions of Associate Artistic Director (Queensland Theatre), Resident Director and Affiliate Director (for Griffin Theatre Company). Paige has received Sydney Theatre Awards for her work on The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Fangirls. She has also received Matilda Awards for Fangirls and Switzerland. Paige was the recipient of a 2015 Glorias Fellowship and 2016 Mike Walsh Fellowship. Paige completed her training at National Institute of Dramatic Art.


DorianGray_Headshots_160x1604resizedIan Michael – Assistant Director

Ian is a proud Noongar man. For STC, Ian has worked as Assistant Director for Shari Sebbens on The 7 Stages of Grieving and Kip Williams on The Picture of Dorian Gray and will return later this year as Associate Director on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Ian directed The Bleeding Tree for The Blue Room. He was Assistant Director for Black Swan State Theatre Company’s The Cherry Orchard and Skylab, a co-production with Black Swan State Theatre Company and Yirra Yaakin. His acting credits include City of Gold (with BSSTC and STC), CloudstreetOur Town and Let the Right One In with Black Swan State Theatre Company. He performed in Cloudstreet and Blak Cabaret (for Malthouse) and The Noongar Shakespeare Project (for Yirra Yaakin). Ian has also performed with She Said Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, Ilbijerri Theatre Company and Mooghalin Performing Arts/Sydney Festival. As a writer, his credits include York (Black Swan State Theatre Company), Another Day in the Colony (Critical Stages/Paines Plough) and HART (She Said Theatre). His film work includes Where are the Warriors? Ian is STC’s 2022 Richard Wherret Fellow. Ian has also worked with Black Swan State Theatre Company as Artistic Associate (2021) and Resident Artist (2018 – 2020). He was also the curator for Black Swan State Theatre Company’s Maali Festival. He has won many awards including Best Actor at the PAWA Awards in 2017 and 2019, the 2019 CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader, and was a finalist in the 2019 Western Australian of the Year (Youth Award). He trained at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.


The Picture of Dorian Gray, Roslyn Packer Theatre, 28 Mar – 7 May.