David Berthold
Creative / Directing



David Berthold is one of Australia’s most prominent theatre directors and cultural leaders. As a theatre director, he has directed for most of Australia’s major theatres companies, as well as internationally. As an Artistic Director, he has led transformational change at several significant arts organisations. He was Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival (2015-19), Artistic Director and CEO, La Boite Theatre Company (2008-14), Artistic Director and CEO, Griffin Theatre Company (2003-2006), Artistic Director and CEO, Australian Theatre for Young People (1999-2003), Associate Director, Sydney Theatre Company (1994-99) and Director for Centre of Creative Practices at NIDA. He was Festival Director, World Interplay 2007, the world’s largest festival of young playwrights. He is currently the Executive Chairperson for Playwriting Australia, is a Trustee of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award, a member of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Advisors’ Group, a member of the Theatre Panel, Helpmann Awards, and recently sat on the QUT Creative Industries Faculty Advisory Committee.

David’s productions include Rolling Thunder Vietnam; Much Ado About Nothing for NIDA; Tommy Murphy’s multi-award winning adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir Holding the Man, Murphy’s Saturn’s Return for Sydney Theatre Company (2008), the premiere of Louis Nowra’s Boyce Trilogy for Griffin Theatre Company, Debra Oswald’s The Peach Season for Griffin, and Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things for NIDA.


    "Brisbane Festival Artistic Director David Berthold deserves special recognition for taking the plunge and being the first co-producing partner with Manchester International Festival....

    ... It takes faith (and nerves of steel) to get a project of this scale and risk off the ground.

    ...this may well be the event that defines his time as AD and the legacy he leaves behind. Bravo and thank you!" - Invisible Cities ★★★★★