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Kip Williams

Artistic Director | Sydney Theatre Company

Kip Williams

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Kip Williams is an award-winning director and writer of theatre and opera and is the current Artistic Director and Co-CEO of Sydney Theatre Company, a role he has held since November 2016. His appointment at age 30 made him the youngest Artistic Director in the company’s history.
Williams has worked extensively at STC for over the last decade, having been appointed a Resident Artist in 2012 by then Artistic Directors Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett. He has since gone on to direct over 20 productions for the company, working with an array of Australia leading actors and writers, including Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Shari Sebbens, Kate Mulvany, Rob Collins, Heather Mitchell and Richard Roxburgh.
Williams’ work is noted for its stunning visuals and groundbreaking formal experimentation. His recent cinetheatre adaptations of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde have been seen by over 200,000 people around Australia. Dorian Gray will open on London's West End in January 2024 starring Succession’s Sarah Snook.
Williams has been nominated a record six consecutive times for the Helpmann Award for Best Director, Australia’s top theatre prize, and in 2015 became the youngest director to win the award, for Suddenly Last Summer. He has twice won Melbourne’s Green Room Award for both Best Director and Best Production, first in 2016 for his adaptation of Strindberg’s Miss Julie and next in 2023 for Dorian Gray. He has won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Director a record three times, for The Harp In The South (2018), Dorian Gray (2021), and most recently for his adaptation of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (2022).
Williams has also directed for many of Australia’s leading theatre and opera companies and festivals, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Adelaide Festival, Perth Festival, Melbourne’s RISING Festival, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, Opera Australia, Dark MOFO, and the Biennale of Sydney, as well as New Zealand’s Auckland Arts Festival and the English National Opera.
A graduate of both Sydney University and Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Williams served as a Board Member for NIDA from 2016-2023.

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