Dr Benjamin Schostakowski (Lecturer and Course Leader Directing)
Lecturer and Course Leader Directing
Dr Benjamin Schostakowski is a talented award-winning Australian director whose areas of teaching at NIDA include directing and design for performance.
He graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor of Creative Industries with first class honours. He then went on to refine his directing skills with NIDA’s graduate directing course and was appointed an Associate Artist with Queensland Theatre Company in 2011.
Benjamin directed the multi-award winning A Tribute of Sorts for La Boite Indie in 2012 (winner of four Matilda Awards including Best New Australian Work and Best Independent Production), which was then remounted by Queensland Theatre Company in 2014. His more recent work includes adapting and directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream for La Boite Theatre Company’s 2015 mainstage season.
Benjamin returned to NIDA in 2015 to direct a third-year student production, Reagan Kelly, a new work by fellow NIDA alumnus Lewis Treston. This was followed by a trip to New York, where Benjamin premiered a new production he wrote and directed, The Hansel and Gretel Tapes at Dixon Place in collaboration with US/Australian production and design company, Dead Puppet Society. There, he also had the good fortune of observing rehearsals at the New York Theatre Workshop for Lazarus – the new musical by David Bowie and Enda Walsh and directed by Ivo van Hove.
He is currently working with Channel 7 on A Place Call to Home as a Directing Attachment. In late 2016, he will work as Assistant Director on Melbourne Theatre Company’s Disgraced which will then tour to Geelong and Queensland Theatre Company.
Having completed a Doctor in Philosophy in Scenographic Practice in Contemporary Chamber Theatre through QUT, Benjamin’s approach to teaching is to illuminate the strongest theoretical understandings available with rich industry-based examples and practical experimentation.
In addition to the above highlights, Benjamin’s credits include: Cosi (La Boite, Dir. David Berthold), Private Lives (Melbourne Theatre Company, directing secondment, Dir. Sam Strong), KLUTZ (Brisbane Festival), A Spectacular of Sorts (World Theatre Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse), Genesis (Brisbane Festival, Dir. Ben Knapton), The Glorious Nosebleed (Metro Arts), and What’s Wrong With Gregor Post? (Brisbane Festival).