Andrew Upton was the Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC) from 2008 to 2012, and acted as sole Artistic Director from 2013 to 2015. His play The Present, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Platonov, played on Broadway after its successful world premiere at the STC. In 2016, he directed Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow, starring Rose Byrne, for the STC, and adapted Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear, also for the STC.His adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters for the STC recently played at the Drama Theatre of the Sydney Opera House.
In 2006, Andrew made his directorial debut for the theatre with his translation of Dissident, Goes Without Saying for Wharf2Loud. He went on to direct David Mamet’s Reunion later that year and in 2007 he directed Ruby Moon. Andrew has also directed and adapted The White Guard, starring Miranda Otto, and Cyrano de Bergerac; and directed A Long Day’s Journey into Night starring William Hurt, and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Endgame, both starring Hugo Weaving.
Andrew’s other work for the STC includes his adaptations of Don Juan, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, Hedda Gabler, co-adaptation Face to Face, and his original plays Hanging Man and Riflemind. Andrew co-wrote The Maids with Benedict Andrews, which premiered at the STC in 2013, and was performed as part of the Lincoln Centre Festival at the New York City Centre in 2014. Andrew also adapted Maxim Gorky’s Children of the Sun, which was performed at the STC in 2014.
Andrew has also written for the screen, including the short film Reunion as part of the compendium feature adaptation of Tim Winton’s The Turning. He co-wrote the feature film Gone for Working Title Films and has also adapted for film Foucault’s Pendulum, Amongst Thieves and Duplicate Keys. Under his production company banner, Dirty Films, Andrew wrote, directed and produced the short film Bangers and the feature film Stories of Lost Souls, and was associate producer for the award-winning feature film, Little Fish. Andrew also acted as Executive Producer for the 2015 film Carol.