Stuart is the Artistic Director of THEATRE 180.
Stuart has appeared in over 60 plays in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and regional tours to country WA, VIC, NSW and QLD, including THE VIBRATOR PLAY, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, ANGELS IN AMERICA, SHAKESPEARE SHENANIGANS, DINNER, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, NATIONAL INTEREST, THE WHITE DIVERS OF BROOME, RISING WATER, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE MEMORY OF WATER, FAR AWAY, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (Black Swan State Theatre Company), TAKING LIBERTY, MARMALADE & EGG, SKIN TIGHT (PTC – nominated for Best Actor and awarded Best Production at the 2003 Equity Guild Awards), THE BIG PICTURE, DEAR HEART (Agelink Theatre), THE MODERN INTERNATIONAL DEAD, TAKING LIBERTY (Deckchair Theatre), PINTER’S PEOPLE (Downstairs @ The Maj), LOVEPLAY (Red Ryder), KING LEAR (Shakespeare Globe Centre), HOMME FATALE, (Performing Arts Productions), ESSINGTON LEWIS (Belvoir St) and DAGS (Ensemble).
Stuart has appeared in numerous outdoor productions including A COMEDY OF ERRORS, AS YOU LIKE IT (Deckchair), LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER (EHJ Productions), ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (PAP) and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Australian Shakespeare Company).
Stuart has also recorded a number of radio plays and poetry for ABC Radio Drama, as well as over 50 audio books for Vision Australia including THE IVORY TRAIL for which he received the Sanderson Young Adult Narrator of the Year Award in 2000.
Film/TV credits include: THE RECKONING, CLOUDSTREET, THE GREAT MINT SWINDLE, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THUNDERSTONE, BLUE HEELERS, BLONDE, SECRET LIFE OF US, AIR AUSTRALIA, CNNNN, INCREDIBLE TALES, BIG SKY, VICTIM and FALLEN ANGELS.
As director: THE LIGHTHOUSE GIRL SAGA, BLUE/ORANGE, SYDNEY II: Lost and Found, THE CHILDREN, A FORTUNATE LIFE, A SLEEP OF PRISONERS, LOOKING BACK (THEATRE 180), THE LIGHTHOUSE GIRL, A PERFECT SPECIMEN, EXTINCTION, THE HOUSE ON THE LAKE (BSSTC), SHAKESPEARE SHENANIGANS (with Andy Fraser – BSSTC/Big Sky Entertainment), THE TEMPEST (WAAPA), AWAY, ROMEO AND JULIET (WA Youth Theatre Company), TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (Midnite Youth Theatre Company), ON A DAY IN SUMMER IN A GARDEN (Maelstrom Productions), BETWEEN WIND AND WATER, HERE TO STAY (Agelink Theatre), NIMROD, DEEPWATER HORIZON (ACT).
Training: Stuart trained at WAAPA. He also trained as a gymnast and in Taekwondo, and holds an Intermediate Stage Combat certificate from SAFDi. In 1995 he took part in the inaugural season of workshops at Shakespeare’s Globe, London in TO BLOODY BATTLES AND BRUISING ARMS with renowned fight director Phillip Stafford. Stuart represented Australia at the inaugural International Artistic Fellowship, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, in 2001, and was an Associate Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company from 2016-2018.
As educator: Drawing from 30 years as a professional actor Stuart has conducted workshops in Shakespeare, voice, acting, movement and stage combat for WAAPA, Shakespeare’s Globe Centre Australia, WA Youth Theatre Company, Midnite Youth Theatre, Notre Dame University, John Curtin School for Performing Arts, the Independent Theatre Association, the International Schools Theatre Association and many other schools and colleges in WA, VIC and NSW.
With student ages ranging from 9-adult, and from private coaching to groups of 40, he has taught and lectured on the history of the Globe and how Elizabethan practice feeds in to today’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s work, the specific rehearsal techniques used at the Globe in direct relation to the layout of the theatre, Shakespeare’s Sonnets, audition techniques, the differences between verse and prose speaking, monologues, duologues, and acting for the camera.
A proud member of Equity since 1995, he was Vice-President then President of Equity Section (WA) from 2005-2022 and has sat on the National Performers Committee from 2006-2022, is a board member for FutureNow – Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council and on the Industry Reference Committee – Culture and Related Industries for PwC.