Sydney Theatre Company has announced its 2021 Resident Artists, with Shari Sebbens appointed Resident Director and Courtney Stewart named as the company’s new Richard Wherrett Fellow.

Courtney Stewart and Shari Sebbens Courtney Stewart and Shari Sebbens. Photo courtesy of Sydney Theatre Company

Sebbens has starred in shows including Nakkiah Lui’s hit Black is the New White for STC as well as films such as The Sapphiresand Top End Wedding. Moving into directing, she was appointed STC’s Richard Wherrett Fellow in 2019 and was due to direct Deborah Mailman and Wesley Enoch’s The 7 Stages of Grievingin 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic forced its cancellation. (She will, however, direct it at State Theatre Company South Australia in July/August). She will be Assistant Director to Wesley Enoch on Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate,opening in March, before going on to direct two productions in the yet to be announced Act 2 of STC’s 2021 season.

“I am so excited that Shari is continuing her long affiliation with STC in becoming our new Resident Director,” said STC Artistic Director Kip Williams. “It...