The Equity Foundation is thrilled to invite SA Equity members to an In Conversation with State Theatre Company of South Australia’s new Artistic Director, Mitchell Butel. Join Equity member Patrick Frost in the interview chair as he hosts this discussion and gives Mitchell an opportunity to discuss his career and plans for this exciting new challenge. With pre-drinks from 5.30pm for a 6pm start and drinks at the West Oak Hotel to follow.
Bio of host:
Mitchell holds four Helpmann Awards, four Sydney Theatre Award and two Green Room Awards for his work in Australian theatre over the three decades. He has worked extensively for State Theatre Company of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, Griffin, Malthouse, Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera, The Production Company, David Atkins Enterprises, New Theatricals, Gordon Frost Organisation and for the Sydney, Adelaide and Perth Festivals on over 80 professional productions as a performer and director.
He also holds two AFI nominations for his work in Australian feature films.
As a director, Mitchell directed the Sydney and Melbourne seasons of the Hayes Theatre/Blue Saint production of Violet which received three Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Director of a Musical and Best Production of an Independent Musical, Spring Awakening (ATYP) which won the Sydney Theatre Award’s Best Production for Young People, Porgy and Bess, The Bernstein Songbook and Funny Girl (Sydney Symphony Orchestra), Sydney Philharmonia Choir’s Carols at the House and Candide (Sydney Opera House), An Act of God (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), Marjorie Prime (Ensemble Theatre). In 2019, he will direct the premiere of Jeanine Tesori and Tony Kushner’s Caroline or Change for the Hayes Theatre starring Zahra Neman.
His other directing credits include Approximate Balance (Lysiscrates Prize winner) and Dead Cat Bounce (Griffin Theatre Company), Excellent Adventures (Chapel Off Chapel and Noosa Festival) and Killing Time (Adelaide, Brisbane and Summersalt Cabaret Festivals) which he also wrote. He has also written material for the Sydney Festival/Malthouse production of Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, the Malthouse/Belvoir production of The Government Inspector and Opera Australia’s The Mikado. He is currently adapting the beloved Australian film Starstruck into a musical for NIDA and RGM Productions.
Performing highlights include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, The Merchant of Venice (Sydney Theatre Award Best Actor), Mr Burns (Helpmann Award Best Supporting Actor), Biographica, Disgraced, Arms and the Man, South Pacific, Angels in America, The Government Inspector, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Face to Face, Romeo and Juliet, Strange Interlude, Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl, Othello, Summer Rain, The Venetian Twins (Helpmann Award Best Actor in a Musical), The Mikado (Helpmann Award Best Actor), Assassins, Avenue Q (Helpmann Award Best Actor), Stones in his Pockets, Little Me, Mourning Becomes Electra, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Little Shop of Horrors, Holy Day, The Laramie Project, A View from the Bridge, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Tartuffe, Tomfoolery, Urinetown, Dead Heart, A View from the Bridge, The Café Latte Kid, Summer of the Aliens and Six Degrees of Separation.
His film and TV highlights include Dance Academy, Holding the Man, Gettin’ Square, The Bank, Strange Fits of Passion, Dark City, Deep Water, Hiding, Janet King, The Broken Shore, Rake, Grass Roots, Wildside and Bordertown.
Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) from the University of New South Wales, has been a member of Actors Equity since 1988, was the Deputy President of Actors Equity and Vice President of the Media Entertainment Arts Alliance from 2009 to 2013 and has been a member of the National Performers Committee for since 2007. He has been a Board Member of Belvoir Theatre since 2012.
Mitchell is a Board Member of and selector for the Australia Council-funded New Musicals Australia program, a member of the Advisory Council of the Sydney Philharmonia Choir and a fellow at the Australian Institute of Mus