Sarah Giles is an opera and theatre director based in Melbourne. She graduated from NIDA in 2008 with a graduate diploma in dramatic art specialising in directing from NIDA and has a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Melbourne with a double major in History and Italian.
Operas include Lorelei for Victorian Opera, lyrics by Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff, music by Casey Bennetto, Gillian Cosgriff and Julian Langdon and orchestration by Julian Langdon; for Sydney Chamber Opera and Sydney Festival, O Mensch by Pascal Dusapin, libretto by Friedrich Nietzsche, Pas a Pas – Nulle Part by Gyorgy Kurtag, libretto by Samuel Beckett, and Into the Little Hill by George Benjamin, libretto by Martin Crimp.
Classic and contemporary texts include; Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Sydney Theatre Company); Blaque Showgirls (Malthouse); Straight White Men (MTC); The Popular Mechanicals (STCSA), Perplex, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Mariage Blanc, Money Shots, Ruby Moon, (Sydney Theatre Company); Die Plantage (The Farm) (NIDA); Vernon God Little (WAAPA); The Ugly One, The Pigeons, (Griffin Independent); Kreutzer VS Kreutzer (The Australian Chamber Orchestra); That Face (Red Stitch); The Herbal Bed (The New Theatre); The Bear (Theatre Forward); The Bald Soprano, Face to the Wall (NIDA) and The Maids (La Mama).
Other works include Kreutzer VS Kreutzer by Laura Wade for the Australian Chamber Orchestra performed with both Janáček’s and Beethoven’s respective Kreutzer Sonata’s.
Sarah was the Affiliate Director in Residence at The Griffin Theatre Company in 2009, the Richard Wherrett Fellow at Sydney Theatre Company for 2011 and was Co-Resident Director at Sydney Theatre Company in 2013.
In 2018 Sarah was awarded a Malthouse Theatre Tower Residency to develop her new work The Bathroom with collaborator Caroline Craig. In 2011 Sarah won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Direction of an Independent Production for her production of The Ugly One at Griffin Theatre.
Sarah received a nomination for the 2019 Helpmann Awards for Best Direction of An Opera, for her work on Lorelei.
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST
Writer: Dario Fo, adapted by Francis Greenslade, 2018
Music: Julian Langdon, Casey Bennetto and Gillian Cosgriff, Lyrics by Casey Benetto and Gillian Cosgriff. Orchestration by Julian Langdon, Concept by Ali McGregor, Victorian Opera, 2018
THE POPULAR MECHANICALS
Writers: Tony Taylor and Keith Robinson, STC and State Theatre of South Australia, 2017
Writer: Nakkiah Lui, Malthouse Theatre, 2016
STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
Writer: Young Jean Lee, MTC, 2016
Pascal Dusapin, Libretto by Friedrich Nietzsche, Sydney Festival and Sydney Chamber Orchestra, 2016
THE POPULAR MECHANICALS
Writers: Tony Taylor and Keith Robinson, State Theatre Company of South Australia, 2015
PAS A PAS – NULLE PART
Writer: György Kurtág, libretto by Samuel Beckett, Sydney Festival, 2014
INTO THE LITTLE HILL
Writer: George Benjmain, libretto by Martin Crimp, Sydney Festival, 2014
Writer: Marius Von Mayenburg, STC, 2014
MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION
Writer: George Bernard Shaw, STC, 2013
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Writer: Tom Stoppard, Dir: Simon Phillips, STC, 2013
Writer: Tadeusz Różewicz in a new adaptation by Melissa Bubnic, STC, 2012
Writer: David Gieselmann, NIDA, 2012
VERNON GOD LITTLE
Writer: DBC Pierre adapted by Tanya Ronder, WAAPA, 2012
THE UGLY ONE
Writer: Marius Von Mayenburg, produced by Arts Radar and Griffin Independent, 2011
Writers: Duncan Graham, Rita Kalnejais, Angus Cerini, Tahli Corin and Zoe Pepper, STC, 2011
Writer: Joanna Erskine. Eliza Oceana and Crow Crow Production in association with Tamarama Rock Surfers, The Old Fitz Theatre, 2011
Writer: Matt Cameron, STC, 2011
LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Writer: Eugene O’Neil, Dir: Andrew Upton, STC, 2010
Kreutzer VS Kreutzer
Writer: Laura Wade performed with The Kreutzer Sonata by Leoš Janáček and The Kretuzer Sonata by Bethoven. Lead Violinist: Richard Tongetti, The Australian Chamber Orchestra, 2010
Writer: David Geiselmann, Produced by Pearly Productions and Griffin Independent, Griffin Theatre, 2010
Writer: Polly Stenham, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, 2010
OPTIMISM AFTER VOLTAIRE
Writer: Tom Wright, Dir: Michael Kantor, Co-Production between The Malthouse Theatre, The 2009 Edinburgh International Festival, The Sydney Theatre Company and the 2010 Sydney Festival
Writer/Director: Stephen Soderbergh, STC, 2009
THE BEAR as part of THE SNEEZE
Writer: Anton Chekhov translated by Michael Frayn, Theatre Forward and NIDA, 2009
Writer: Sue Smith, Dir: Nick Marchand, Griffin Theatre Company, 2009
THE HERBAL BED
Writer: Peter Whelan, The New Theatre, 2009
THE BALD SOPRANO
Writer: Eugène Ionesco, The Space, NIDA, 2008
Writer: Sir Arnold Wesker, Dir: Tony Knight, NIDA, 2008
FACE TO THE WALL
Writer: Martin Crimp, The Space, NIDA, 2008
Writer: Steven Hopley, Short & Sweet Festival, The Arts Centre; The George Fairfax Studio, 2007
THE HISTORY BOYS
Writer: Allan Bennett, Dir: Peter Evans, MTC, 2007
Writer: Jean Genet, produced by merge and see theatre, La Mama, Carlton Courthouse, 2007
HELPMANN AWARDS Nominated – Best Direction of an Opera for Lorelei (2019)
SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY Co-Resident Director (2013)
THE MIKE WALSH FELLOWSHIP Major Fellowship Recipient (2013)
THE GLORIA’S Fellowship Recipient (2013)
SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY The Richard Wherrett Fellow (2011)
SYDNEY THEATRE AWARDS Winner – Best Direction of an Independent Production for The Ugly One (2011)
THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS Recipient of the ArtStart Grant (2011)
GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY Affiliate Director in Residence (2009)
NIDA Open Program
Course Teacher: The Director; Weekend Intensive Directing Master class; Weekend Intensive Directing Actors; The Actor; Acting Techniques 1 and 2; Australian Scene Work.
Lecturer: Contemporary Australian Theatre.
2010 – current
The National Institute for Dramatic Art (NIDA)
Replay by Phillip Kavanagh
Director and Dramatrug
Moved reading and presentation of a new work from a NIDA graduate playwright.
Sydney Theatre Company
Rehearsed reading for the Patrick White Award
Beached by Melissa Bubnic
National Script Workshop. PlayWriting Australia
Dramaturg: Swamplands by Van Badham and The Damned by Reg Cribb.
Sydney Theatre Company
Reader for the Patrick White Literary Award.
The Griffin Theatre
Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art – Directing; The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), 2008
Bachelor of Arts (Double major: Italian and History) The University of Melbourne, BSc (Hons) Physics and Astronomy, 2004