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Sport For Jove


Sport for Jove Theatre, resident theatre company of the Seymour Centre in Sydney, is an award winning NSW-based repertory theatre company producing a major touring summer festival of outdoor Shakespeare in Australia, along with theatrical and education-based seasons of classical and new works in Sydney theatre venues. The company also provides an interactive Education program to NSW schools.

Company History

The origins of Sport For Jove Theatre Company began with an outdoor theatre performance of A Midsummer's Night Dream in 2009 in Baulkham Hills, an idea the company's Artistic Director, Damien Ryan conceived to specifically bring high quality theatre to Western Sydney. Since then Sport for Jove Theatre Company has established an original, compelling and energetic new theatrical voice in Australia, growing into Sydney's largest independent theatre company, producing a season of indoor and outdoor work that will be seen by over 30,000 people in 2016.

The company was founded on the ideas that it treats its actors with respect and seeks to inspire excellence and humanity in all aspects of its work – a place where actors can feel they create and possess the work; a company determined to work patiently and consistently toward new boundaries in the production of classical theatre in Australia - from Greeks to Shakespeare and modern classics. Sport For Jove was founded on its members’ excellence in Education, and is committed to offering audiences and artists a detailed, insightful, intelligent, surprising and affordable experience every time they go to the theatre.

Since their humble beginnings in 2009, Sport For Jove has grown considerably; the outdoor summer season grew to involve a season of shows in Leura in the Blue Mountains. In 2013, Sport For Jove moved to producing an annual indoor season of shows which are performed out of the Seymour Centre in Sydney where they are now a resident theatre company, and they routinely tour their performances to the Riverside Theatres in Parramatta and the Canberra Theatre Centre in Canberra.

Further Information

In the past 6 years, Sport For Jove Theatre Company has received 69 Sydney Theatre Award nominations, winning 26 times, including Best Independent Production of the year in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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