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MA(Hons)(Well) PhD(Cantab)

Tel +64 3 479 9614

Research interests

  • Documentary/Verbatim Theatre
  • Russian drama, in particular Chekhov, and its reception abroad
  • Translation Studies and translation for the theatre
  • Modern British drama and theatre
  • New Zealand drama and theatre
  • Gay and queer drama
  • Theatre directing

In recent years Stuart has been engaged in practice-led research on verbatim theatre, undertaken in collaboration with colleague Hilary Halba and other professional theatre-makers in Dunedin. That work has resulted in the creation of Hush: A Verbatim Play about Family Violence, which played in various parts of New Zealand from 2009 to 2011, and Be | Longing, which explores immigrants' experiences of settling in New Zealand. Be | Longing premièred at the New Performance Festival in Auckland in February 2012 before playing for a season in Dunedin.

Stuart has published articles in Modern Drama, Theatre Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, Australasian Drama Studies, New Zealand Slavonic Journal, and Journal of Dramatic Theory And Criticism as well as in other serials and books.

Stuart is also a director, translator, and performance reviewer, and he is member of the community arts group Talking House and on the board of trustees of the Fortune Theatre. He has translated plays by Chekhov, Pushkin, and Simon Gantillon. Circa Theatre, Wellington, has produced his translations of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya.

He is a member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR), where he belongs to the Translation, Adaptation and Dramaturgy Working Group and the Queer Futures Working Group, and the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA).


As a director, Stuart's productions include:

  • Chekhov's Three Sisters
  • Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of the Nightingale
  • David Hare's The Secret Rapture
  • Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart

with Murray Edmond:

  • Caryl Churchill's Cloud Nine
  • Shakespeare's The Tempest
  • Mysteries, Miracles and Mayhem, based on Tony Harrison's The Nativity
  • Vanya on Shortland St, based on Chekhov's Uncle Vanya


◦ Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (produced at Circa Theatre, Wellington, 2005)
◦ Uncle Vanya (Circa Theatre, Wellington, 2007)
◦ Three Sisters
◦ The Bear, The Proposal, and The Anniversary
◦ Pushkin's Mozart and Salieri
◦ Maya by Simon Gantillon


Stuart regularly attends and contributes papers at international conferences, in particular those held by the International Federation of Theatre Research. In 2010, Stuart and colleague Hilary Halba were keynote speakers at the "Acting with Facts" conference at the University of Reading, UK.


  • PhD - Alison Stone, “Film Adaptations of Shakespeare” (with Prof. Lyn Tribble), 2012 -
  • PhD - Emily Duncan, “Orangapai: A Historical Theatre Project about the Tuberculosis Sanatorium and Waipiata Borstal site and its inhabitants at Waipiata” (with Dr Jonathan Marshall), 2013-
  • MA - Francis Kewene, “Verbatim theatre techniques as a tool for documenting and examining stories of health” (with Hilary Halba), part-time 2013-


Young, S. (2021). The state of the British garden: Mike Bartlett's Albion and its Chekhovian scions. Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, 14(2), 209-232. doi: 10.1386/jafp_00054_1 Journal - Research Article

du Plessis, H. (cello), Halba, H. (writer, curator, director), O'Connor, S. (writer, curator, director), Young, S. (writer, curator, director), & Kalogeropoulou, S. (choreographer) (2021, 2-10 July). Struggling with Lentils, an immersive theatre installation, presented by Talking House in association with the School of Performing Arts, Allen Hall Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Performance]. Performance

Young, S. (2021). Making the representation real: The actor and the spectator in Milo Rau's 'theatrical essays' Mitleid and La Reprise. New Theatre Quarterly, 37(3), 223-245. doi: 10.1017/S0266464X21000130 Journal - Research Article

Young, S. (2019). The state of the British garden: Mike Bartlett's Albion and its Chekhovian scions. Proceedings of the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) Conference: Theatre, Performance and Urbanism. (pp. 328). Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Young, S., & Halba, H. (2019). Embodied technology in a specific verbatim theatre practice. Archée arts médiatiques & cyberculture, December. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

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