Left – Kip Williams. Photo – Hon Boey
Sydney Theatre Company today announced that it has appointed Kip Williams as Artistic Director commencing 3 November 2016.
Ian Narev, STC Chairman, said today, "I am thrilled to announce Kip Williams’ appointment as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company. Kip was appointed after an extensive process that included a review of potential international and Australian candidates, consultation with members of the artistic community and interviews with an impressive short list of theatre makers.
“Kip is a visionary artist who spoke to us about his love for the Company, and his practical vision for how it can use its strong foundations to reach even higher artistic standards for audiences, artists, staff and the community. The esteem in which he is held by colleagues, from the country’s leading artists to those just starting out, is clear. All of us on the board were unanimous that Kip was the standout choice as Artistic Director,” Mr Narev said.
Kip Williams said: “It is both an honour and a privilege to have the opportunity to work alongside the Australian theatrical community to further STC's tradition of sharing stories both big and small, with Sydney and beyond. I look forward to working closely with Executive Director Patrick McIntyre and all my colleagues on the Wharf as we take our company forward into its next chapter.
“STC has been the watering hole our great artists have constantly returned to, whilst also being the birth place of the careers of some of our most important story tellers. I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Australia's great theatre makers, whilst developing the next generation of artists. I’m passionate about deepening the conversation with our audience, and inviting more people to join in. It's an incredibly exciting time to be in the job,” Kip said.
Kip Williams first engagement with STC was in 2011 when Andrew Upton invited him to be Assistant Director on his production of The White Guard. Later he fulfilled the same role for Richard Cottrell on Loot, for Benedict Andrews on Gross und Klein (Big and Small), and for Neil Armfield on The Secret River. In 2012 he was appointed STC Directing Associate. That year, the Company toured Gross und Klein to Europe across three months, its most complex international engagement to date, and Upton found it was necessary to be on the road for longer than originally anticipated. He asked Williams to take over from him as director of Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas and the production was to be the first of Williams’ many critically acclaimed shows for STC.
Williams was then invited, along with Sarah Giles and Sarah Goodes, by Upton to become a Resident Director at STC, a post he has held since January 2013 until taking up the role of Interim Artistic Director in August 2016.