BPA, MFA (Directing)


Jessica Arthur is a theatre director who has worked in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Frankfurt, Germany. Jess works in an open and devised manner, experimenting with form and audience perception.


Jess is currently the Sydney Theatre Company's (STC) Resident Director and a co-founder of theatre company The Anchor along with Katie Cawthorne and Laura Lethlean.

Jess has worked for STC, NIDA, Griffin, Melbourne Theatre Company, Riverside Theatre, Schauspiel Frankfurt, La Mama, The Old Fitz as well as with production companies Redline Productions, Never Never and The Kings Collective.


Bachelor of Performing Arts Monash University 2013, Leeds University 2012/2013, Master of Fine Arts (Directing) National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) 2014/2015.


  • 'Director Jessica Arthur...has a good knack for the flirty humour of the earlier scenes, and when things get heavier...she’s there to chart the churning waters with a sure, steady hand. She brings out thoughtful and rich performances from her three actors – her instincts are sharp'

Cassie Tongue | Time Out | Two Hearts​

  • 'Director Jessica Arthur uses fragments of insight granted by the text, to manufacture on stage, quite marvellously, a dynamic experience that is relentlessly engaging, and unexpectedly powerful.' 

Suzy Wrong | Suzy Goes See | The Wolves

  • 'The sole character is named “The Woman” and is portrayed by Emily Barclay. She is directed by Jessica Arthur in her first main-stage production as STC’s new Directing Associate and their work together is marvellously subtle, humane, intelligent and mesmerising.'

Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise | Lethal Indifference

  • 'Jessica Arthur, in her mainstage directing debut, has crafted a considered production; its seeming diffidence belies a subtle sense of guided momentum that can only come from real confidence with the story and with a director’s choices. Every element of the production makes straightforward, grounded sense.' 

Cassie Tongue | Time Out | Lethal Indifference