Jim Sharman

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Background: Born, Australia. NIDA Graduate. Churchill Scholar. Artistic Director (1982) of The Adelaide Festival of Arts and Board Member (1996-2002); Artistic Director of Lighthouse (STC-SA) 1982/3. Nominated for AFI Award for ABC-TV Documentary on Patrick White: The Burning Piano. 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Director: Three Furies: Scenes from the life of Francis Bacon by Stephen Sewell.

Musicals: Hair (Sydney, Melbourne, Boston, Tokyo); Jesus Christ Superstar (Australian tour, London), The Threepenny Opera (SOH Opening Season); The Rocky Horror Show (Original UK production, LA, NYC, Sydney); Chess (Sydney); The Wedding Song (Sydney); Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill (NIDA).

Opera: Don Giovanni (OA); Voss (Meale/Malouf – Adelaide Festival & OA); The Rake’s Progress (Stravinsky – OA); Creative Development of The Eighth Wonder (John/Watkins – OA); 1980 (AFA & SOSA), 1990 & 2005 (OA) Productions of Death in Venice (Benjamin Britten). 2009:Cosi fan tutte (Mozart Da Ponte) for OA and ABC-TV; revival staged in 2012 by OA.

Film & Television: Include: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (co-wrote screenplay); Patrick White’s The Night The Prowler and The Burning Piano – 2 hr ABC-TV Documentary Portrait of Patrick White.

Plays: Include: Shakespeare (As You Like It, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest); Brecht (Mother Courage); Pinter (The Birthday Party, The Lover); Genet (The Maids, The Screens); Wedekind (Lulu); Sam Shepard (The Unseen Hand; The Tooth of Crime; A Lie of the Mind); Lorca (Blood Wedding); Strindberg (The Dance of Death, Dreamplay, Miss Julie); Orton: What the Butler Saw.

Australian premieres and revivals: On Stage Oz and Terror Australis (Revue); Alex Buzo (Norm and Ahmed); Louis Nowra (Sunrise); Dorothy Hewitt (Pandora’s Cross); David Williamson (The Removalists); David Malouf (Blood Relations); major revivals and premieres of the stage work of Patrick White (The Season at Sarsaparilla, Big Toys, Netherwood and A Cheery Soul).

Recent: 2005 OA Production of Death In Venice with Philip Langridge, conducted by Richard Hickox. Three Furies for Sydney, Auckland, Perth & Adelaide Festivals. 2009 Memoir: Blood and Tinsel for Melbourne University Publishing (MUP); Cosi fan tutte for Opera Australia and ABC-TV in 2009 and a revival staged in 2012 by OA. Andy X released globally online as an internet musical in 2012.