Learning curves: Mitchell Butel, Artistic Director, STCSA

Assembling an entire subscription season in just three months was the first of several challenges actor-turned-Artistic Director Mitchell Butel faced in his new role.

Planning and programming a subscription season for a state theatre company is a complicated jigsaw of ideas, artists’ availability, potential play scripts and production partners – which makes the speed with which Mitchell Butel assembled his first program as Artistic Director for the State Theatre Company South Australia (STCSA) all the more impressive.

Told he’d got the job last December, while working in London on Windmill’s touring production Rumpelstiltskin, Butel said he began thinking about programming almost immediately.

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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

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