wIain Sinclair – American Contemporary Classics

Iain Sinclair – American Contemporary Classics


“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. 

Accomplished theatre directors who are held in high regard by actors are a rare breed, Iain Sinclair is one of them.

He brings an easy confidence, a rigorous understanding of the play, and immense theatrical expertise to the rehearsal room. In this 3-day Workshop, Iain will explore the theatre of American Contemporary Classics. His in-depth understanding of American drama illuminates the truth of the play, making it alive and dangerous.

The Workshop

In this three-day workshop, actors will be assigned scenes from American classics including the works of:

  • Arthur Miller
  • Eugene O’Neil
  • Thornton Wilder
  • Edward Albee

Iain Sinclair speaks about his Workshop

“Iain Sinclair is without question one of the countries top theatre minds. Every exercise and exploration is driven by a deep respect for the writer’s vision. He has a fierce curiosity that is infectious and inspiring.

Together with his actors, he will find the molten core of a text, crack it open and expose its raw human truths, its beating heart.

These discoveries are balanced by a rigorous technical discipline as he sculpts tempo, rhythm, and structure. Iain’s knowledge and mastery is immense and yet the process always feels organic and collaborative.

I have learnt so much from Iain and would encourage anyone with a passion for theatre and the craft of acting to work with him in a heart beat. You will be endlessly inspired!”

– Andre de Vanny, Greenroom Award Winner


16th Street Actors Studio is delighted to be hosting this Scene Study Workshop on American Classics with Iain Sinclair in Melbourne.

Selection is by online application including a headshot, CV and link to showreel/filmed work.

Places are limited.



Auditing is not simply an act of watching performers work with Iain, but rather an active process in which fellow actors thoroughly experience and learn Iain’s approach through observation and analysis. You will also be exposed to some of the greatest playwrights of our time.


“Iain Sinclair is a truth seeker and a text master”

– Andrew Henry, Artistic Director of Red Line Productions

About Iain Sinclair


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


“A rehearsal room with Iain Sinclair is always one of rigor and inspiration”

Anthony Gooley, Of Mice and Men/All My Sons directed by Iain Sinclair