D I R E C T I N G

Kris Stewart has worked widely, both as a freelance theatre director and as an artistic director.

As a director, Kris has directed 30+ productions for companies such as Opera Australia, the Sydney Festival, the State Opera of South Australia, Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, The Broward Stage (Miami), International Management Group, Next Wave Festival, The Jacobsen Group, The Gateway Playhouse (New Jersey), The Production Company, Playbox and Handspan Visual Theatre.

Largely focussing on new music theatre, Kris’ work has been recognized with the $100,000 Jujamcyn Theaters Prizethe Sir Keith Murdoch Prize for Leadership and Innovation and a Churchill Fellowship. Kris is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theatre’s Director’s Lab and completed his post-graduate study at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

To find out more, click through to the Directing page, where you can find our more about a number of shows that Kris has directed, including the Trocadero Dance Palace, Into the Woods, Virgins, My One and Only, Life’s A Circus and many others.

P R O D U C I N G

In addition to his work as the executive director of NYMF, Kris Stewart is an experienced producer, both in the commercial and non-profit realms. In 2008, his commercial production company, Red Sand Media Partners, produced the feature film Red Hook and the TONY nominated musical [title of show], and has two commercial musicals and a television drama in active development.

In 2010 and 2011, Kris consulted with Century Venues on a series of nonprofit projects that they were taking on, such as the Sydney Fringe (created in partnership with the City of Sydney and the City of Marrickville), New Musicals Australia (created with the Australia Council), and the Concourse, a new arts centre in the City of Willoughby where Kris consulted on programming and major events.

You can find more on Kris’ producing experience by visiting the Festivals and Major Events page of the site, where you can read more on Kris’ experience on events such as the Festival of Voices, the Sydney Fringe, the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and others.

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N E W W O R K

From early in his career, Kris has made a clear commitment to the development of new musical theatre.

This can be seen in his early work in Australia developing Prodigal and Virgins, before he travelled overseas and founded the New York Musical Theatre Festival and produced [title of show] on Broadway.  He also worked as executive director of the National Music Theatre Network and consulting director for the Theatre for American Musicals.  Upon his return, he established New Musicals Australia in Sydney, the first company of its type in Australia and funded by the Australia Council to develop new Australian musicals.

For his work, Kris received the $100,000 Jujamcyn Theaters Prize, as well as the Sir Keith Murdoch Prize for Leadership and Innovation and a Churchill Fellowship.  He spoke on new musicals as a guest speaker or panellist for  Opera America, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, The 2008 UK Musical Theatre Conference, The Entertainment Industry Expo NYC, NY Theatre Resources, The American Theatre Wing, the League of American Theatres and Producers and the NYC Emerging Artist and Producers panel, and he has been part of the nominating and judging committees for the Macarthur Fellowship, The Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize (musical theatre) and Dance Break NYC.

 

M E D I A

Kris has been featured in a number of different publications, both here and in NYC.

Click HERE to look at videos and articles on the work Kris has done has a director and producer.

F E S T I V A L S

Experienced in the particular demands of major event and festival production, Kris is currently the director of the Festival of Voices, Hobart’s largest winter cultural event.

This follows on from his work on such events as the Sydney Fringe,  the New York Musical Theatre Festivalthe Australian Ballet’s Ballet in the ParkMadison Square Garden/Radio City Entertainment’s A Christmas Carolthe Lygon Street Festa (over 300,000 attendees), the Myer Music Bowl Millennium Concert, the Waterfront Festival, the Williamstown Festival, The LIVE Youth Festival, the VIVA Cultural Diversity Festival and numerous outdoor concerts and events.

To find out more, click any of the links above or visit the FESTIVALS AND MAJOR EVENTS page.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 21 – 29 June 2014

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic rock opera screams into 2014, re-imagined for a world driven by social media and obsessed with celebrity.

With a contemporary Los Angeles setting, JC Superstar was given a Kurt Cobain spin and a tremendous modern staging, with the production featuring LED panels standing 7m high.

VIDEO AND IMAGES BELOW

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

BPH RestaurantBrisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s champion for contemporary culture, a multi-discipline arts venue with multiple spaces programmed year-round, including a 600 seater main space, two 200 seat venues and three 100 seat venues, as well as a gallery space and two restaurants, Bar Alto and Watt.

Kris began as Artistic Director of Brisbane Powerhouse in July 2013, with a mandate to increase the audience engagement in the building and expand on its positioning as Queensland premier centre for contemporary culture.

In his first year at BPH, Kris oversaw a 14% increase in revenue and an equal 14% surge in ticket sales, with the venue hosting 1106 ticketed performances, 145 free events and a further 382 functions, totalling 1633 shows and events over a 12 month period.

Over 700,000 people visited the venue to experience a range of programming across music, comedy, dance, theatre, film, visual arts and ideas – and 737 Brisbane-based artists saw their work featured.

BPH ExteriorAmongst the prominent run of events in this time, a highlight was hosting the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) – the premier biennial industry event in the Asia Pacific region – while simultaneously presented the biennial World Theatre Festival.

Kris also launched the inaugural Queensland Cabaret Festival (QCF), delivering it in partnership with Queensland Performing Arts Centre, The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Ipswich Civic Centre and Queensland Conservatorium, and launched the artist development series SWEET!, which selected and funded three independent Queensland companies to develop and present new works.

2014 closed with another new event WONDERLAND, Brisbane’s festival of circus, sideshow and spectacle, which featured 29 shows over 10 days, 81 performances, and over 120 individual artists. Wonderland hosted an excess of 10,000 ticketed patrons, with thousands more every night soaking up the carnival atmosphere of the bars, foyers and outdoor areas on offer by the World Food Markets.

BPH Interior2015 opens with MELT, Brisbane’s inaugural festival celebrating queer culture, before BPH hosts the Brisbane Comedy Festival and in May IRL, a new event celebrating the convergence between live arts and digital and gaming culture.

AUSTRALIAN BALLET: BALLET IN THE PARK

australian balletIn 1999, Kris produced and directed a number of outdoor events – it was during the renovation of the Myer Music Bowl, and a series of major Melbourne events needed to be re-housed. It was quite an interesting challenge to find a way to produce these enormous events for one-night-only in a stylish but practical way.

The Ballet in the Park was a free annual event sponsored by Telstra, and included two dozen member of the Australian Ballet’s ballet corp, plus (as you can see above), inflatable light sculptures created for the night, a string ensemble that played live and a fireworks event. More than 15,000 audience members attended this event.

FESTIVAL OF VOICES

200px1The Festival of Voices is Tasmania’s leading winter cultural event and Australia’s premier festival celebrating the vocalist and the power of song.

Kris began at the festival in 2011, and oversaw an event which had 54% increase in ticket sales with 90% of performances playing to capacity, as well as a vast increase in attendance (both free and ticketed), marketing impressions and sponsorship, with new partners including Southern Cross TV, the Mercury, the State Cinema, ArtsHub, Limelight magazine, Star Observer and Sauce magazine.

Across dozens of events and for more than 10,000 singers and audience members, The Festival of Voices showcases a range of artistic disciplines, including choir and ensemble singing, spoken word, cabaret, debate, poetry, storytelling and hiphop.

The workshop program offers learning and performance opportunities for singers of all ages, abilities and experience and since it began the Festival has attracted some of  the world’s most loved and respected vocal teachers.  The performance program covers events both intimate (such as solo vocal events) and grand (such as the the Finale Concert at the Federation Concert Hall. We also celebrate community with the Bonfire & Big Sing, with 4,000+ attendees on our heritage waterfront at Salamanca.


festival of voices articles and media:

 

The Festival of Voices feature from SBS television and sTVudio


Festival of Voices 2011 TVC from Festival of Voices on Vimeo.

THE CONCOURSE

concourseAfter spending eighteen months working with Century Venues on a series of non-profit ventures for the company, including The Sydney Fringe and New Musicals Australia, Kris was brought in as a consultant for the six months prior to the opening of The Concourse, an initiative of Willoughby City Council and the cultural home of the North Shore.

The Concourse is one of Sydney’s leading entertainment venues home to a dynamic range of live arts and entertainment, and it incorporates a Concert Hall and theatre as well as rehearsal and studio space, conference facilities, and outdoor urban screen and a library with over 5,000 square metres of books.

The Concourse

Kris assisted with establishing the opening programming and producing the opening gala event at the Concourse, on September 17, 2011.