A MESSAGE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
STC is a company that means a lot to me.
It’s the company where, as a young teen, I was inspired by my first experience of professional theatre. It’s the company that gave me my very first job out of drama school. And, now, it’s the company I have the great honour of leading.
Whilst programming my first season as Artistic Director, I’ve thought a lot about the remarkable legacy of my predecessors. In 1980, Richard Wherrett set a bold vision for what the work of STC might be for the people of Sydney – theatre that is “grand, vulgar, intelligent, challenging and fun”. That vision is very much part of STC’s DNA, and is one I’m excited to continue and expand upon.
I’ve also thought about the responsibility of running a company of the scale of STC. First and foremost, we’re here to connect you to our country’s most extraordinary artists, familiar and new. We’re here to make works of ambition, and to surprise you with experiences you’ve never encountered before. We’re also here to contribute to the cultural and political life of our nation. To interrogate who we are, who we’ve been, and to spark conversation about who we might want to become. Above all, we’re here to reflect back at you the ever-evolving face of our city.
And, finally, I’ve thought about what theatre means to me, and how best I can share with you the great passion and love I have for this art form. It’s at the theatre where I’ve had some of the most transformative experiences of my life. It’s at the theatre where I have been able to change the way I see myself, the way I see others, and the way I see my country, both past and present. And it is at the theatre where I’ve had painted for me a vision of the future that has both challenged and inspired me.
The stories we will be sharing with you in 2018 are an offering aimed at igniting and furthering this passion in you. There’s a raft of new Australian plays that probe the emotional and political heart of Australia, from both celebrated writers and writers making their STC debut. There are familiar faces taking on titanic roles, whilst a new generation of artists rises through the ranks.
This is a season that aims to live up to Wherrett’s great vision for STC, and one that I hope includes and inspires you, as well as your friends and family. After all, theatre is something we do together, and I can’t wait to embark on this next chapter in STC’s history with you.
– Kip Williams