Sydney Theatre Company

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Sydney Theatre Company (STC) is an Australian theatre company based in Sydney, New South Wales. The company performs in The Wharf Theatre at Dawes Point in the The Rocks area of Sydney, as well as the Sydney Theatre (to be renamed the Roslyn Packer Theatre Walsh Bay as of March 2015[1]) and the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre.


Sydney Theatre Company was formed by a grant from the New South Wales State Government in 1979, with Richard Wherrett as artistic director and productions followed the year after. NIDA considers that its standing company, the Old Tote Theatre Company (1963-1978), was the precursor to STC. The Wharf Theatre opened in 1984 and has produced notable international and local plays, such as works by David Williamson. Wayne Harrison became artistic director in 1990, followed by Robyn Nevin AM. In 2009, Cate Blanchett and her husband, playwright Andrew Upton took command of the company. Directors working regularly for STC include Gale Edwards, Barrie Kosky, David Berthold, Neil Armfield and Benedict Andrews. Many Australian actors who would later find wider success both locally and internationally such as Hugo Weaving, Geoffrey Rush and Toni Collette have established their careers in STC productions.

Greening the Wharf[edit]

The Sydney Theatre Company operates out of a heritage site of the wharf area of Sydney Harbour. Under the leadership of Blanchett and Upton, STC initiated a comprehensive large scale environmental program called Greening the Wharf, investing in solar energy, rainwater harvesting, energy efficiency measures and best practice waste management. The program goes beyond infrastructure projects to include employees, environmentally responsible theatre production, community engagement and education.[2] The program won two Green Globe Awards[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sydney Theatre to be renamed
  2. ^ "Greening the Wharf". Sydney Theatre Company. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Greening the Wharf". NSW Government. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 


  • Meyrick, Julian (2002). See How It Runs Nimrod and the New Wave. Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin. ISBN 0-86819-651-7. 
  • Parsons, Philip; Chance, Victoria (1995). Companion to theatre in Australia. Sydney : Currency Press in association with Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-86819-357-7. 
  • Wherrett, Richard (2000). The floor of heaven my life in theatre. Sydney: Hodder Headline. ISBN 0-7336-1049-8. 

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