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Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair

“Iain is one of the most forensic directors I have worked with. His knowledge of American literature is vast and he gets to the heart of what is at play. He is an inspiration”  Darren Gilshenan, Award Winning Actor, Director, Writer & Teacher.


Iain Sinclair is one of Australia’s finest, award winning theatre directors specialising in new writing and contemporary international work.

Iain established the critically acclaimed theatre company Elbow Theatre in Canberra, where he received four Critics Circle Awards. He received a Sydney Theatre Award for his production of The Seed and is also an AWGIE Award nominated director.

He has directed a number of highly praised main stage productions in Sydney including Our Town for The Sydney Theatre Company, which was described as “a triumph”. His production of Arthur Miller’s, All my Sons was described as “A rock solid production of a play that makes you shake your head in wonderment”. Iain has also directed for The Melbourne Theatre Company, The Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoir and Sport for Jove.

Iain graduated with distinction from the RADA Masters Program and Kings College, London. He is the associate artist and resident dramaturge for Playwriting Australia and has been assistant director to Cate Blanchett and Max Stafford Clark. Iain was invited by Max Stafford Clark to tour the UK as a member of his company “Out of Joint” teaching principles of new play making and Max Stafford Clark’s legendary process based on actioning.

Iain continues his work as a dramaturge and has worked with the following companies; ASK Los Angeles, New Dramatists New York, The Traverse Scotland, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court and The National Theatre England.

He also directed a developmental workshop of Blood and Gifts with celebrated New York playwright J.T Rogers that has just completed a Broadway production at the Lincoln Center. He was also dramaturge on the recent Patrick White Award winning play Little Borders by Phillip Kavanagh.

“Playwrights are the parent material of our storytelling ecosystem. Without them and without the complex provocation that their plays provide, our art form cannot grow to its full potential, let alone renew itself.”

– Iain Sinclair