Paige Rattray appointed Sydney Theatre Company Associate Director

STC Paige Rattray Sydney Theatre Company (STC) has announced the appointment of former Richard Wherrett Fellow, Paige Rattray, in the new role of Associate Director.

Currently Associate Artistic Director for Queensland Theatre, Rattray will join the STC Resident Artists which include Resident Director Imara Savage, Resident Designer Elizabeth Gadsby, Patrick White Playwright’s Fellow Andrew Bovell and Directing Associate Jessica Arthur.

“I am thrilled to have Paige Rattray returning to Sydney Theatre Company to take up the position of Associate Director,” said Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Kip Williams. “Paige is one of Australian theatre’s most respected artistic leaders and exciting directors. Throughout her already impressive career she has demonstrated a strong commitment to and gift for the development of new Australian work, and this will be a central part of her role at STC.”

“Her recent direction of Nakkiah Lui’s Black Is The New White has been an absolute highlight of our past two seasons and we are so excited to welcome her energy and vision back to the company. I’m so happy that we will be continuing our wonderful relationship with Queensland Theatre as Paige directs shows in their 2018 and 2019 seasons and I can’t wait to see how her career will continue to develop.”

Rattray has previously directed Black Is The New White, Power Plays and Boys will be boys for STC. Other work for STC includes being Dramaturg on The Golden Age, Assistant Director on Speed-the-Plow, Arms and the Man, Battle of Waterloo and Travelling North and Director on the script workshops Rough Draft #31: Martyrs and Rough Draft #13: Underland.

Rattray has also directed Scenes from a Marriage and Switzerland for QT. She is co-founder of independent theatre company Arthur, and was the 2011 Resident Director at Griffin Theatre Company as well as its 2010 Affiliate Director. Rattray won Best Mainstage Production at the 2016 Matilda Awards for Switzerland, Best Production at the 2013 VCE Drama Awards and was the recipient of a 2015 Glorias Fellowship and a 2016 Mike Walsh Fellowship.

“Working with team at Queensland Theatre has been incredibly exciting,” said Rattray. “The company vision is focused and fast. I look forward to returning at the end of the year to work in the new Bille Brown Theatre and continuing to work with QT in the coming years. Sam has been, and will continue to be, a great mentor and friend to me.”

“It was a difficult decision to leave but my heart is in Sydney and I’m looking forward to working with Kip, Patrick and the brilliant team at STC to create and realise a new vision for the next stage of Sydney Theatre Company’s journey as they renovate The Wharf and ready it for the next generation of Australian theatre makers and stories.”

Rattray will commence her new position at STC on 30 May. For more information, visit: www.sydneytheatre.com.au for details.

Image: Paige Rattray (supplied)

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