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Launceston is a city of about 88,000 people located at the head of the Tamar River about 50km from Bass Strait at the confluence of the North and South Esk Rivers.

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Stan's Stage Experience

'Stan has had over thirty-five years’ experience in Launceston’s theatrical life, at amateur, semi-professional and professional levels. During that time he has had direct experience with many of the City’s  theatrical companies and venues, working variously as actor, director, and production manager.

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In 2021 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Theatre Council of Tasmania, and, in 2023, Life Membership.



for Three River Theatre Inc  / The Launceston Repertory Society Inc (amateur):

Stan has been an active Committee member of Three River Theatre continuously since 1986-2017, and has served at various times as Committee Member, Treasurer, Vice-President and President. He is a Life Member of the Company. The Tasmanian Theatre Awards ("The Errols") won by "Twelve Angry Men" - 2017The Tasmanian Theatre Awards ("The Errols") won by "Twelve Angry Men" - 2017

Number Eight in Reginald Rose’s Twelve  Angry Men  (1986).

Musical Director for Brendan Behan’s The Hostage (1987).

Milo Tindle in Anthony Schaffer’s Sleuth (1989).

Co-director and John in Lewis John Carlino’s Cages (1990).

Co-director and Whit in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (1991).

Co-director and The Prophet in Lewis John Carlino’s Telemachus Clay (1994).

Co-director/Producer for Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors (1995).

Co-director and Mel in his own stage adaptation of the Raymond Carver short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1996).

Director, set designer and Officer Klein in Joseph Kesselring’s Arsenic and Old Lace (1997).

Inspector Goole in Priestley’s An Inspector Calls (1998).

Director for David Williamson’s Dead White Males (2000) – (a co-production with Second Storey Theatre Productions).

Director for Louis Nowra’s Così (2002)

Production Manager and Carol Newquist in Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders (2003)

Production Manager for The Importance of Being Earnest (2003)

The Librarian in Glen Berger’s monodrama Underneath the Lintel (2004) (a co-production with Centr Stage).

Director for Louis Nowra’s The Golden Age (2004)

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Director/Producer and set designer for Noises Off (2006)

Co-director and Howard Siegel in Boy Gets Girl (2007) (a co-production with Centr Stage)

Director/Producer for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (2009)

Producer for A Night of One-Act Plays (2010 - in cooperation with StandPoint Theatre)

Director/Producer for Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (2011)

Production Manager and Bamberger in Peter Shaffer’s Black Comedy (2012)

Director/Producer for the world premiere of Robert Dessaix’s A Mad Affair (2013)

Director/Producer for Tim Firth’s Calendar Girls (2013)

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Producer for Caitlin Richardson's Disclosed  (2015).  The show was nominated for  three Tasmanian Theatre Awards

Director and co-Producer for Reginald Rose's Twelve Angry Men (2016); In 2017  the show was nominated for ten Tasmanian Theatre Awards, winning five, including 'Best Direction'  - Stan Gottschalk; 'Best Production';' Best Ensemble',  Best Design (Set)'  - Flocky Bock and Producers, and 'Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)' - Jan  Gluszyk,. The five other nominations included 'Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male)' -Daniel Lizotte and Ross Marsden; 'Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)' - Cheyne Mitchell and Barry Olding; and 'Best Design (Lighting, Sound)' - Jeff Hockley. 

Producer for Patrick White's The Season at Sarsaparilla (2017). The show was nominated for  three Tasmanian Theatre Awards.

Director and Producer for John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men (2021). The show  was nominated for four Tasmanian Theatre Awards, including 'Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male)'  - Cameron Hindrum; 'Best Performance in a Supporting role (Male)' - Michael Edgar; ''Best Performance in a Supporting role (Female) - Eleanore Knox; and 'Outstanding Direction (Community Theatre) ' - Stan Gottschalk.

 for Second Storey Theatre Productions (professional):  The LibrarianThe Librarian

Ben in Emma Workman Bolt’s Leaving (2000)

 for DARE Collective(amateur):

         Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman           (2024)

  for (unit of) Theatre (pro/am):

Lucius in Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens (2002)

 for The Evandale Singers (amateur):

Assistant Director for Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe (2010)

 for The Launceston Players Inc. (amateur):

Mitch in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (1987).

Sergeant Kite in George Farquhar’s The Recruiting Officer (1988).

Sound Designer and Accent Coach for Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias (2014).

 for Centr Stage (the University of Tasmania’s pro/am theatre company):

Devised and performed a monodrama, American Gothic, which presented American short storiesby William Faulkner, Mark Twain and Damon Runyon (1993, reprised 1997).

Mr. Oxenby in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser (1994).

Director for Talley’s Folly (1996).

He in Eric Fitzjohn’s Run (1999)

Alan in James Griffin’s Serial Killers (2001)

Person 1 in L’hibou Hornung’s Hive (2003)

The Librarian in Glen Berger’s monodrama Underneath the Lintel (2004) (a co-production with Three River Theatre)

Co-director and Howard Siegel in Rebecca Gilman’s Boy Gets Girl (2007) (a co-production with Three River Theatre)

David Attenborough in David Ives’ Time Flies (2008)

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 for Mudllark Theatre (professional):

Production Manager for One Day 3 Project(2005)

The Librarian in a reprise of Glen Berger’s monodrama Underneath the Lintel (2007)

Director for Emma Workman Bolt’s Requirements for the One Day 9 project (2012)

Director for Geoff Dobson’s A Night in the Park for the One Day 10 project (2013)

Reader in BOFA Film Script Reading, Stealing a Miracle, by Chris Scott (2014)

Director for Robert & Nicole Lewis' Lines of Life for the  One Day 14  project (2017)

Director for Daniel Flood's Then a Sheer Drop for the  One Day 15  project (2018)

Director for Stephen Mitchell's Or Else for the  One Day 16  project (2019)

Director for Lyndon Riggall's Woke for  One Day 17 project (2020)

 for Theatre North (professional):

Reader, New Writing for Tasmanian Theatre public script reading series –Caitlin Richardson's Disclosed  (2014).The GeneralThe General

Film (professional - international release):

 The General in Arctic Blast, Australia/Canada; F G Film Productions, Premiere Bobine, Screen Tasmania, dir. Brian Trenchard-Smith, (2009).



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