Stuart has been directing musical theatre and opera in Australia for the last thirty years. He joined The Australian Opera as Stage Manager in 1978, becoming a Resident Director in 1981. In 1992 he joined The Royal Opera (UK) as a Staff Director whilst continuing to direct in Australia, regional UK, France and the USA.
In 1999 Stuart was appointed as Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia, and later its Executive Producer (04-08). His OA productions include Tales of Hoffmann, Manon, Gypsy Princess, Don Pasquale, My Fair Lady and A Little Night Music. His Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance have been televised nationally on ABC TV.
Music Theatre productions include Australian tours of Dusty – The Original Pop Diva, Shout! and Little Women; the Australasian tour of The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the first concert version of Phantom of the Opera.
Recent Australian productions include Cunning Little Vixen, Carmen (State Opera), Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd and Cunning Little Vixen
(Victorian Opera) and Cunning Little Vixen, Tosca, Rigoletto, The Pearl Fishers, La boheme (West Australian Opera).
Stuart was General Director of New Zealand Opera (2014-18) where he directed Candide, Tosca, Sweeney Todd and The Mikado.
In July 2018 he commenced as Artistic Director of State Opera South Australia.