The winners of the 2007 State Theatre Company Assistant Director Scheme are:

Duncan Graham
Hamlet
Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart Triple Threat
Tessa Leong Lion Pig Lion
Tina Mitchell The Real Thing

Duncan Graham worked as Assistant Director on State Theatre Company’s recent production of Uncle Vanya. Of his experience working with State Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Adam Cook, Duncan said: “I was able to make mistakes and test my own instincts as a director while always remaining under Adam’s direction.”

Lachlan Tetlow-Stuart is a director, creator and performer and also a tutor with Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and Restless Dance Company. “The opportunity to observe and work alongside three directors I hold in high regard is one that will offer me vast amounts of professional development at this stage of my career,” said Lachlan of his Assistant Directorship on Triple Threat.

Tessa Leong is a graduate of the Flinders University Directing Course and is excited about working with Michael Hill on Lion Pig Lion. “Having never worked on a new play before, this opportunity will present me with new ways of understanding and approaching text,” she said.

Tina Mitchell is the Artistic Director of Chopt Logic Theatre Company and an acting graduate from the then Centre for the Performing Arts. She has produced and performed in productions for the Adelaide Fringe Festival (2006), Barossa Vintage Festival (2003) and will perform at the Come Out 2007.

Each year State Theatre Company’s Assistant Directorships offer provides valuable professional training and experience for talented, emerging South Australian artists. The Scheme is now in its seventh year and past recipients have gone on to establish significant careers in the industry, including Martin Laud Gray, director of State Theatre Company’s award winning production of Honk If You Are Jesus.

“I’m delighted that both State Theatre Company and Flinders Power can continue supporting this creative development program and offer these four aspiring directors the opportunity to further develop their skills,” said Adam Cook. “I congratulate them all and wish them luck for their time with the Company.”

The Assistant Director Scheme demonstrates State Theatre Company’s commitment to supporting young people in the arts and the future of theatre in South Australia.

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