Learning Curves: Kip Williams

In November, Williams will celebrate one year since he was appointed as Artistic Director of STC. What were his biggest challenges in that time?

STC Artistic Director Kip Williams; photo by James Green.

Kip Williams’ career at Sydney Theatre Company (STC) began in 2011, as Assistant Director to then Artistic Director Andrew Upton on The White Guard. He became Directing Associate in 2012, then Resident Director in 2013.

In 2016, aged just 30, Williams was appointed interim Artistic Director at STC following the shock resignation of Jonathan Church after just nine months in the role.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts