Board Member & Artistic Director
As a professional actor for nearly 30 years Stuart has worked for major and independent theatre companies around Australia, appearing in over 60 plays. He also has extensive experience in film, television and radio, as a presenter, MC, workshop leader, in corporate role play theatre, and as a judge on awards panels and performer in fundraisers for various charities.
In 2001 he represented Australia at the Inaugural International Artistic Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Currently the Artistic Director of THEATRE 180, Stuart co-wrote and directed the successful cinemastage adaptation of AB Facey’s A FORTUNATE LIFE. He was formerly an Associate Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company for 3 1⁄2 years, his role included liaising with subscribers, general patrons, donors, philanthropists and other key theatre stakeholders, and running the Resident and Emerging Artist programs.
As a Theatre Director Stuart has worked for Black Swan State Theatre Company (both for the main stage, studio and regional tours and including directing four world premieres, (notably the sell-out production of THE LIGHTHOUSE GIRL), Agelink Theatre (creating plays from the heart of communities), Acting Consulting Training (for the corporate, mining and banking sectors), for WAAPA and in youth theatre for WAYTCo, Midnite and the Riptide Ensemble.
As an Arts Educator, Stuart has extensive experience with youth and emerging artists, working for WAAPA, WAYTCo, Riptide Youth Performance Company, Midnite Youth Theatre, Notre Dame, Independent Schools Theatre Association and numerous schools throughout WA, NSW and VIC.
Stuart has written for corporate theatre, public health programs and student productions, and as a creator and performer of Theatre in Education, his shows SHAKESPEARE SHENANIGANS and CRASH! BASH! CURRICULUM have played to nearly 10,000 students from Albany to Port Hedland.
He has been a Board Member of THEATRE 180 (formerly Agelink Theatre) since 2005 and FutureNow – Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council since 2018. He has been Vice President and then President of Actors Equity Section WA since 2005 and has served on the National Performers Committee and Federal Council of Media Entertainment Arts Alliance since 2006.