Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre

Australia’s leading actors’ ensemble.

We exist to advance the vitality of theatre in Australia by nurturing artists and promoting integrity in our craft. The ensemble of actors and creatives who comprise our company endeavour to produce the best in contemporary playwriting from around the world, to enrich the craft of acting and script development in this country, and to sustain a unique organisational model – one that puts artists at the centre of its practice.

Established in 2002, we perform contemporary Australian plays and award-winning new writing from around the world in our intimate venue. We also play a vital role in the development and presentation of new Australian works through our unique INK playwriting program, and offer opportunities for theatre-makers at all stages of their careers to hone and develop their craft.

With a national reputation for the quality of our work, Red Stitch remains at the forefront of contemporary Australian theatre practice.


“Red Stitch has always been a theatre company that punches above its weight.” – The Australian

“Red Stitch has a reputation as one of the country’s leading independent companies” – Crikey

“Red Stitch is one of Melbourne’s best-known and respected theatre companies.” – The Sydney Morning Herald

“Since its inception in 2001, Red Stitch has continued to offer actors, directors, designers and technical crew on-going opportunities to develop and refine their skills, at the same time giving audiences the opportunity of seeing some of the best new plays from around the world.” – Australian Stage

Statement On Workplace Culture Review

Following the publication of a newspaper article earlier this year suggesting there is a “culture of bullying” at Red Stitch, the Board commissioned an independent review of the company’s workplace culture.

The final report on the review, conducted by Mr. Tony Fell of the Zalt Group, “did not find that there is a toxic culture nor is there a culture of bullying at Red Stitch”. He also found that workplace issues identified at Red Stitch are not significantly different from those of most Australian workplaces.

Mr. Fell made a number of recommendations about professional development and training, the operational effectiveness of the ensemble and strengthening and clarifying the Code of Conduct and Grievance Procedure.

These recommendations have been taken very seriously by the company, and the Board and management have already begun implementation. A revised Code of Conduct aimed at reinforcing the behaviours that are expected of all at Red Stitch, and a more comprehensive Grievance Procedure, have been approved. Updated policies relating to such matters as health and safety, discrimination and harassment in the workplace and guidelines for online engagement are being developed in consultation with the ensemble.

The company is pleased to have this confirmation that Red Stitch provides a welcoming, safe and secure workplace.  We are committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure that the company maintains and builds upon this positive workplace culture.

Anthony Adair
November 2018

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Company Code of Conduct.



Associate Artists

INK Playwrights

Board of Directors