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Griffin Theatre Company

Griffin Theatre Company is an Australian theatre specialising in new writing . It is the resident theatre company at the SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia. It is the only professional theatre company in Sydney entirely dedicated to the development and production of new Australian writing for the stage.

The Artistic Director is Nick Marchand, who took up the position in 2007. Previous Artistic Directors include David Berthold (2003-06) and Ros Horin (1992-2003).


Named after Griffin Street, Surry Hills, where it first met, Griffin Theatre Company was formed in 1978 by graduates of the National Institute of Dramatic Art. It moved to the Stables Theatre in 1979 and incorporated in 1980.

In 1999, The Sun Herald described Griffin as Australia's ‘Theatre of the Decade'.

Cate Blanchett and Jacqueline McKenzie began their professional careers at Griffin. The films Lantana, The Boys, and Heartbreak Kid (which later spun-off into the television series Heartbreak High) were based on plays produced by Griffin. Away, Australia's most produced contemporary play, also started at the company.

2008 Season

2007 Season

Commissioned and Premiered Works

Playwrights whose work has premiered at Griffin include:

Griffin Award

Bestowed annually since 1998, the Griffin Award is offered to the most outstanding new work as read and judged by a panel appointed by the Griffin. One stipulation on entry is that all works submitted have not been performed or produced prior.

  • 1998 - Catherine Zimdahl for Clark in Sarajevo
  • 1999 - Neil Cole for Alive at Williamstown Pier
  • 2000 - Ian Wilding for Below
  • 2001 - Verity Laughton for Burning
  • 2002 - Noelle Janacsewska for Songket and Patrick Van der Werf for Presence
  • 2003 - Brendan Cowell for Rabbit
  • 2004 - Debra Oswald for Mr Bailey's Minder
  • 2005 - Ian Wilding for The Carnivores
  • 2006 - Mary Rachel Brown for Australian Gothic
  • 2007 - Damien Millar for Emergency Sex and Other Desperate Measures
  • 2008 - Rick Viede for Whore

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