After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Kris spent two years at Melbourne Theatre Company, working with Roger Hodgman, the Artistic Director of the time and a mentor of his. Here, he worked as an assistant director on a number of productions (including Assassins and A Little Night Music), and directed educational works or re-staged touring productions.
After assisting Roger on an earlier production, Kris directed David Hare’s Skylight for Sydney, Adelaide and country Victoria. It was challenging, because he was soon new to the company and a recent graduate, but it was a great opportunity to work with some extraordinary actors.
REVIEWS FOR SKYLIGHT
“Hard edged and realistic, (with a directorial presence that is) characteristically invisible and all pervasive, Skylight reconfirms how ideas can be brought, so satisfyingly and entertainingly, to life in the theatre.” TIM LLOYD (The Adelaide Advertiser)
“Melbourne Theatre Company’s triumphant production of David Hare’s Skylight has ignited the stage at the Space Theatre … this all-new production is directed with a sure hand by Kris Stewart; deftly supporting the text and guiding the characters whilst not obstructing an onlooker’s capacity to interpret for themselves … Enjoy Skylight, enjoy the reaction it provokes – but be wary of how revealing your response could be.” SCOTT TRELOAR (Rip It Up magazine)
“David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning play Skylight deftly covers sweepingly profound issues of public and private morality without ever losing humour or pace … with seamless direction, this is first-rate theatre; enjoyable, yet thought-provoking enough to keep you mulling over it for days.” JACKIE TRACY (The Adelaide Sunday Mail)