Mitchell Butell appointed as Artistic Director - State Theatre Company SA

Mitchell plans to deepen and expand STCSA's collaboration with local companies and artists to create work that is both uniquely South Australian and receives national and international recognition.

Mitchell Butell appointed as Artistic Director - State Theatre Company SA


An accomplished artist, Mitchell has worked on over 100 professional productions as an actor and director. He has a long relationship with State Theatre Company, first performing with us in our 1998 production ofUnidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, directed by former Artistic Director Rosalba Clemente. Most recently, he's starred in STCSA's smash-hit Mr Burns: A Post-Electric Play for which he won a Helpmann Award, making a total of four awarded to him throughout his career.

Building on the incredible work of current Artistic Director Geordie Brookman, Mitchell envisions State Theatre Company becoming "the best multi-disciplinary theatre company in the country". Mitchell is currently performing in Rumpelstiltskin at London's Southbank Centre, a co-production between State Theatre Company and Windmill Theatre and joins the company on a permanent basis from March 2019.

In between performances ofRumpelstiltskin, Mitchell says:

"I am honoured to be joining the leadership of this extraordinary company. Many of my all-time favourite viewing and performing experiences have been at State Theatre Company and its legacy and influence has extended to all corners of the nation. I look forward to laying groundwork for similarly transformative, provocative and entertaining experiences for other audiences and artists.

"State Theatre Company (and its talented pool of artists and staff) has always been a jewel in Australia’s theatrical crown for me and I can’t wait to hold that jewel to the light so that it reflects far and wide."

The news of Mitchell's appointment has sent ripples of excitement throughout Australia's theatre community.

“I am just delighted that one of Australia’s leading and most beloved artists has been appointed to lead this precious company. I’ve no doubt that he will push it to even greater heights and ensure that the best theatre in the country continues to be made in Adelaide. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do, South Australia is in for a wonderful adventure" Geordie Brookman, Outgoing Artistic Director, State Theatre Company

“Mitchell is a rare beast. As an artist, he is across performance, direction, design and text. He is a wonderful collaborator, and an extraordinary human. We are very excited for Mitchell, State Theatre Company and South Australia.” Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton

“Mitchell is one of Australia’s most spectacularly prolific and in demand artists and his appointment is a coup for State Theatre Company and a major arts boon for South Australia. In addition to this, he is a brilliant leader and a total joy of a human. I can’t wait to see his vision for the Company unfold.” Rosemary Myers, Artistic Director, Windmill Theatre