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Andrew Upton is an Australian playwright, screenwriter, and director. Along with his wife Cate Blanchett, he is currently Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC).As a playwright, Upton created adaptations of numerous plays including Hedda Gabler and The Cherry Orchard for the STC and Maxim Gorky's The Philistines for London's Royal National Theatre.His original play Riflemind, with Hugo Weaving as an ageing rock star planning a comeback tour, opened at the STC in 2007 and opened in London in 2008, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Upton and Blanchett formed a film production company, Dirty Films, whose projects include the short film Bangers (1999) and the feature film Little Fish (2006). Upton wrote, produced, and directed Bangers, which starred Blanchett. He was the associate producer on Little Fish, which also starred Blanchett. In 2006, he wrote the film Gone which was directed by Ringan Ledwidge. Upton wrote the libretto to Alan John's opera Through the Looking Glass which premiered in May 2008.Upton and Cate Blanchett have worked with Professor Robyn Ewing on the highly successful School Drama project, a partnership with the STC’s education program and the Faculty of Education and Social Work. They are also involved, through STC, with an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant in the project titled Accessing the cultural conversation: investigating participation and non-participation of young people as audiences of live theatrical performances in Australia.
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Co-Artistic Director and Co-CEO, Sydney Theatre Company