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Opportunity: Assistant Director​



subtlenuance invite applications to join our team as assistant director for our next production,

Morning Star at Flight Path Theatre.

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The Assistant Director

The right person for this role will be:

a passionate theatre maker,

keen to work with an experienced team,

committed to the challenge of new work,

and excited to explore the many ways in which meaning can be created on stage.


We do not envision this as a role for an experienced or tertiary trained director,

but rather someone with experience in theatre who would like to further broaden their skill set.

However, our expectation is that the chosen applicant will be a serious collaborator in the creative process.

The Project

Morning Star is our 5th multi-playwright project, and our 28th production.

We’ve had great responses to our previous experiments with the multi-playwright form, working with some brilliant artists to produce Bare Boards Brave Hearts, The Political Hearts of Children, And Now to Bed, and High Windows Low Doorways.


“Who needs 'big' theatre, when 'little' theatre can be so blindingly brilliant?”

Australian Stage Online  


“this show, with such a deceptively simple premise, is a vastly important piece of theatre”

5th Wall


“a wonderfully engaging piece of original theatre”

Lisa Thatcher 


The Political Hearts of Children was one of my favourite productions from big or little theatre in 2013. As High Windows Low Doorways used the same immensely successful collaborative approach, I was eager to see this. I was not disappointed: it was brilliant.”

South Sydney Herald  


“This is what true theatre is all about!"  

Theatre Unzipped


With Morning Star we will continue to explore the methodology employed in our previous multi-playwright projects. Each writer, after initially working on an individual piece, will collaborate with the director to combine the different pieces into a single cohesive work of art.

This is not showcase theatre - our aim is to produce something genuine, provocative and beautiful.


You can find out more about the project HERE

The Writing Team

Our writing team includes some of Sydney’s most respected established writers in combination with some exciting emerging artists.


They are:

Donna Abela

Shauntelle Benjamin

John AD Fraser

Callum McLean

Roslyn Hicks

Mark Langham

Melita Rowston

Peter Maple

Kel Vance

Catherine Zimdahl


Between them, this team have won or been nominated for multiple playwright awards, and have had successful productions across the country.

See HERE for their bios.

The Director

Paul Gilchrist is the artistic director of subtlenuance. 

Paul has been the writer/director of over a dozen plays, and the director of a dozen others. His work has been produced at Old 505 Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Old Fitzroy Theatre, Kings Cross Theatre, New Theatre, Newtown Theatre, and multiple other venues in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide.

See his full bio HERE.

The Company

subtlenuance is dedicated solely to the production of original work.

Since our inception in 2008 we have produced 27 new works.


“a small, fiercely independent company of proven integrity… [their work] augurs well, not only for subtlenuance’s future as a distinctive, important, independent voice in Australian theatre, but for the future of Australian theatre at large.” 

Australian Stage Online 

"subtlenuance is one of Sydney's most vital, active, prolific and innovative small production companies" 


“subtlenuance is one of Sydney’s most enduring and entertaining theatre companies"

 Sydney Arts Guide


Have a look around our website and see what we’ve been up to!

Things you need to know

  • Morning Star will be produced at Flight Path Theatre, Marrickville.

  • Bump in is 12 July and bump out 25 July, 2021

  • Currently, the writing team is developing the script and there will be opportunities for the AD to be involved in this process.

  • The production is yet to be cast. Auditions will occur mid-April, and rehearsals will begin soon after. The rehearsal timetable will then be determined by the availability of the team.

  • The production will be run on a profit share basis.

  • The play will be directed by Paul Gilchrist and produced by subtlenuance.

      Applications for this position have closed

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