Carl Young


Carl founded Stooged Theatre in 2003 after successfully applying for government funding, and has been the Artistic Director ever since.

Carl has directed several adaptations of Shakespearian texts playing Newcastle, Regional NSW and the Gloucester Shakespeare Festival. These include The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Nights Dream, 12th Night and The Comedy Of Errors. He was awarded the City Of Newcastle Drama Award (CONDA) for Best Director for both Tantrum Theatre’s As You Like It in 2011, and Stooged Theatre’s The Merchant of Venice in 2014.

Carl has also directed contemporary plays for Stooged Theatre, most recently The Footage in 2011, Breathing Corpses in 2012, The Removalists in 2013 and Between Two Waves in 2015 – all receiving CONDA nominations for Best Director.

In 2013 he also directed the NSW premiere of musical Next To Normal for Newcastle Theatre Company. In 2015 he adapted and co-directed Roald Dahl’s adult short stories for the one night only Stooged Theatre performance of Someone Like You as part of the Hunter Drama Roald Dahl Festival.

As an actor he is best known for Stooged Theatre works The Shape of Things (2009), Rabbit (2011), The Pillowman (2012) and Seminar (2015), all performances for which Carl received CONDA nominations for Best Actor. He won the award in 2013 for playing the title role in Stooged Theatre's production of Ruben Guthrie.

He was the winner of the 2012 CONDA for Outstanding Achievement in Newcastle Theatre for his work with Stooged. 

In August 2016 he will direct Blood Bank at the Civic Playhouse. 

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