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Sydney Theatre Company's brand-new artistic director steps down

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Dee Jefferson
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Jonathan Church
Photograph: Johan Persson

In August 2015, Sydney Theatre Company announced that British director Jonathan Church would be taking on the artistic reins at the company following the end of Andrew Upton's term. Today, STC announced that Jonathan Church has stepped down from the role... 

In a statement, STC Chairman Ian Narev said: "Over these nine months, he has been balancing his time in Sydney with his ongoing commitments in the UK and elsewhere, and it has become apparent that the combined workload and travel will be unsustainable."

STC say that Church has spearheaded the development of the 2017 season (which is due to be announced in early September), but that the remainder of the season will be "completed by the company's in-house artistic team":  executive director Patrick McIntyre, director of programming Rachael Azzopardi, resident artists Sarah Goodes and Kip Williams, casting director Serena Hill and literary manager Polly Rowe.

Mr Narev also said that the search for a new STC artistic director will commence after the 2017 season launch.

Watch this space.

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