Kip Williams

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Kip is one of Australia’s most exciting young directors of theatre, opera and film. He has recently taken up the position of Artistic Director at Sydney Theatre Company.

While at STC Kip has directed many acclaimed productions including CHIMERICA, a reimagining of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, revivals of Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS, and Tennessee Williams’ SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER, for which he won the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Director of a Play. He recently staged Caryl Churchill’s new play LOVE AND INFORMATION, in a co-production with Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, which garnered him a second Helpmann nomination for Best Director of a Play, as well as nominations for Best Director at both the Sydney Theatre Awards and Melbourne’s Green Room Awards. Kip’s other productions for STC include THE GOLDEN AGE, MACBETH, CHILDREN OF THE SUN, ROMEO AND JULIET, UNDER MILKWOOD and CYRANO DE BERGERAC as Associate Director with Andrew Upton. Across these productions, Kip has directed some of Australia’s leading actors including Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Richard Roxburgh, Justine Clark, John Howard, Robyn Nevin, and Jack Thompson.

For Melbourne Theatre Company Kip directed MISS JULIE starring Robin McLeavy; for Malthouse Helium and US-A-UM he directed an all-female production of LORD OF THE FLIES; for Tamarama Rock Surfers he directed FALLOUT and for the Sydney Writers’ Festival he directed 1001 NIGHTS. For Princeton Theatre, New Jersey he directed FIFTH OF JULY; for National Theatre, Melbourne, he directed ONE FOR THE ROAD and for NIDA he directed productions of CLOUD 9, LORD OF THE FLIES and Samuel Beckett’s NOT I.

Kip has directed several productions for Sydney Chamber Opera including the double bill ICH HABE GENUG and NUNC DIMITTIS, the song cycle THROUGH THE GATES (also for the 18th Biennale of Sydney), and the acclaimed production of THE LIGHTHOUSE. Most recently Kip directed a radical staging of Romitelli’s AN INDEX OF METALS, staged for SCO at Carriageworks.

Kip has worked on a number of screen projects, including the short films B, BEE & MEE and WALK; and music videos LITTLE FINGERS and BOTANIST for the band Guineafowl, the latter of which was listed in ABC’s inaugural RAGE 50, an annual list of the best music videos for the year.

In 2017 Kip will be directing CLOUD NINE and THREE SISTERS, a new adaptation by Andrew Upton at Sydney Theatre Company.