Feature: Andrew Upton

Date posted: 16 Aug 2012Author: STC

The Wharf is buzzing with the exciting news Andrew Upton has been appointed as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company for three years, starting on 1 January, 2013.

Andrew has been a part of the STC family for thirteen years, and he has been Co-Artistic Director since January 2008. As writer, his first adaptation for STC was Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergeracwhich debuted in 1999 and was reprised at Melbourne Theatre Company in 2005. His adaptation of Moliere's Don Juanwas produced by STC in 2001. A third major adaptation, Hedda Gabler, was staged by STC in 2004 and toured to New York in early 2006.

His adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchardwas presented by STC in 2005. In 2010 his adaptation of Chekhov's Uncle Vanyawas presented at Sydney Theatre. The production toured to the United States in 2011 and 2012 to extraordinary acclaim and was named the best play of the year by Washington Postcritic Peter Marks, after what he described as the strongest year of theatre in a decade. In The New York Times, Ben Brantley declared that he considered the three hours of the show "among the happiest of my theatergoing life". (Photo: Lisa Tomasetti)

Other works for STC include his play Riflemind, staged as part of the 2007 STC main stage season and in London in 2008 for the Ambassador Theatre Group. (Photo: Brett Boardman)

He has a long association with the National Theatre of Great Britain. His adaptation of Maxim Gorky's Philistineswas presented there in 2007, and his adaptation of Bulgakov's The White Guardwas commissioned and presented by the National in 2010. Andrew directed a production of The White Guard,which was presented by STC in 2011 (pictured, photo: Lisa Tomasetti), and later in that year his adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchardwas presented by the National and subsequently broadcast internationally as part of the cinema program NT Live.

In 2007 Andrew adapted the Luigi Pirandello play Right You Are (If You Think You Are), which was staged by Francesco Vezzoli at the Guggenheim Museum. In 2008 he wrote the libretto to Alan John's opera Through The Looking Glass(Malthouse Theatre & Victorian Opera) which won best New Operatic Work at the 2008 Green Room Awards.

He has also directed for STC, including David Mamet's Reunionin 2006, starring Robert Menzies and Justine Clarke. (Photo: Heidrun Lohr)

In 2009 he directed part two of The Mysteries.(Photo: Brett Boardman)

The following year Andrew directed Robyn Nevin and William Hurt in Eugene O'Neill's Long Days Journey Into Night,which toured successfully to the United States following its Sydney season. (Photo: Brett Boardman)