Artistic director extends contract by three years

SYDNEY — The search is over for the replacement of Sydney Theater Company co-artistic directors, husband and wife team Andrew Upton and Cate Blanchett.

STC chairman David Gonski announced Thursday that Upton had agreed to stay on after the duo announced earlier this year they would step down at the end of 2013.

“We are very pleased that we were able to convince Andrew to accept another three-year term to continue this terrific creative momentum,” Gonski said. “The board considers Andrew to be the best person to build on the outstanding work he and Cate have achieved. As incoming artistic director, Upton will immediately commence planning for the 2014 season.”

STC got a major boost to its international profile when Blanchett and Upton took the reins of the theater company in 2008. Since then it has remained on the global radar with well-received touring productions including Blanchett starrers “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Gross und Klein” and “Uncle Vanya.” Upton penned the adaptation of “Vanya,” which recently played a much-lauded stint in Gotham as part of the Lincoln Center Festival.

The final programming selections from Blanchett and Upton, which will comprise the theater’s 2013 season, will be unveiled on Sept. 6.

Upton said the timing of the new gig suited him and Blanchett as “the offer to stay on as artistic director came just as we had decided to remain in Australia as a family.”

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