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Based in Adelaide, Australia, Windmill Theatre Company has a global reputation as a leading producer of theatre for children, teenagers, and families. We bring artists together to uncover and ignite stories that are burning to be told. Each year we perform in our home town, and tour across Australia and around the world.

In 2016, we released our first feature film, Girl Asleep, which won multiple awards and was acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. In 2017, we announced the launch of Windmill Pictures, a new arm of the company dedicated to developing screen projects from our live theatre repertoire.

During the last 20 years, we have presented 63 productions, including 36 brand new Australian works, performing to young audiences in 247 cities and towns across 30 countries.

“The best children’s theatre company in the country.” The Australian

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Our Team

Empowered by a dynamic culture and fuelled by a shared ownership of its vision, Windmill operates across two distinct interdependent arms, Windmill Theatre Company and Windmill Pictures. Led by independent executive teams and a highly skilled core staff, both entities work alongside each other to forge an exciting convergence model between live theatre and screen. Our stories are richly imagined, surprising and delivered with a mega dose of imagination.


  • Richard Harris — Chair
  • Ruth Ambler
  • Rosey Batt
  • Deonne Smith
  • Chris Stewart
  • Luke Culhane

Windmill Theatre Company

  • Clare Watson Artistic Director
  • Ross McHenry Executive Director
  • Michelle Jane Business Manager
  • Abigail Heuer Acting Production Manager
  • Jana Drummond Producer (maternity leave)
  • Karina Bryce Associate Producer
  • Madison Thomas Marketing and Communications Manager
  • Sarah Pledge Development and Marketing Executive
  • Gemma Winter Harris Administration and Finance Officer

Windmill Pictures

  • Rosemary Myers Artistic Director
  • Kaye Weeks Executive Director
  • Madison Thomas Associate Producer

Key Artistic Collaborators

  • Paul Capsis, Performer
  • Harry Covill, Composer
  • Sam Haren, Co-Creator and Director
  • Jude Henshall, Co-Creator and Performer
  • Ezra Juanta, Performer
  • Lally Katz, Writer
  • Amber McMahon, Actor
  • Fleur Elise Noble, Designer and Performer
  • Roslyn Oades, Writer and Co-Creator
  • Nathan O’Keefe, Actor
  • Jonathon Oxlade, Designer and Performer
  • Chris Petridis, Lighting and Technical Designer
  • Tamara Rewse, Actor, Puppet Maker and Consultant
  • Luke Smiles, Composer and Sound Designer
  • Ellen Steele, Co-Creator and Performer
  • Richard Vabre, Lighting Designer
  • Carol Wellman Kelly, Movement Consultant

“Windmill employs a highly collaborative, all-hands-on-deck model: there’s a palpable increment of belief and commitment that’s communicated through everyone involved.” Crikey Daily Review

Awards and Accolades

Check out the list of awards we’ve won and been nominated for:


  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Best Work or Project for Young People: Hans and Gret
  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Outstanding Work or Event Within a Festival: Hans and Gret


  • ATOM Award | Nomination
    Best Instructional/Training Video or Website (Tertiary/General)


  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Best Work or Project for Young People: Creation Creation
  • Australian Podcast Awards | Winner – Silver
    Best Fiction Podcast: Sun Runners
  • Australian Podcast Awards | Winner – Silver
    Best Family Podcast: Sun Runners
  • Australian Directors Guild Awards | Nomination
    Best Direction of an Interactive or Immersive Title: Zoe Pepper (Sun Runners)


  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Made in Adelaide Award: Beep
  • AACTA Award | Nomination
    Byron Kennedy Award: Girl Asleep (film)


  • Ruby Award | Winner
    Best Work or Project for Young People: Baba Yaga
  • Helpmann Award | Nomination
    Best Presentation for Children and Young People: Baba Yaga
  • Australian Writers’ Guild (AWGIE) Awards | Nomination
    Best Theatre for Young Audiences: Duncan Graham: Amphibian
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland | Winner
    Best Design: Shona Reppe, Ailsa Paterson, Selene Cochrane and Chris Edser: Baba Yaga
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland | Nomination
    Best Technical Presentation: Baba Yaga
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland | Nomination
    Best Production for Children and Young People: Baba Yaga
  • Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland | Nomination
    Best New Play: Baba Yaga


  • Ruby Award | Winner
    Best Work or Event Outside a Festival: Beep
  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Best Work, Event or Project for Young People: Beep
  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    Made in Adelaide Award: Baba Yaga
  • Ruby Award | Nomination
    People’s Choice: Beep, Baba Yaga
  • Australian Teachers of Media ATOM Award | Winner
    Best Educational/Training Video or Website (Primary/Secondary): Girl Asleep Digital Education Package
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