Courtney Stewart has been announced as the new Artistic Director of Brisbane’s La Boite theatre company.

The Queensland-born and trained director, who is currently Directing Associate at Sydney Theatre Company and Artistic Associate at Contemporary Asian Australian Performance, will take the reins at La Boite in July, with her inaugural season to be announced in late 2022.

Courtney Stewart

Courtney Stewart. Photo © John McRae.

Stewart’s career comes full circle with this appointment, after she made her professional stage debut in La Boite’s 2017 production of Michelle Law’s Single Asian Female.

“My dreams came true at La Boite in 2017 and this is a full circle moment,” Stewart said.

“Having grown up in Brisbane, studied at Queensland University of Technology and worked at La Boite, I have a deep existing connection to the company and the industry in Queensland.”

“I have experienced first-hand La Boite’s commitment to systemic change within the industry and I am honoured to be entrusted with this position at this pivotal time in the company’s history.”

Julian Myers, La Boite’s Chair, said Stewart’s appointment marked a defining moment in the company’s history, as it pursues its goal of becoming “Australia’s most diverse...