For the last thirty five years Stuart has been directing musical theatre and opera in Australia. 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 Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia, becoming Executive Producer 2004 – 2008 . 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.
Recent Australian productions have included Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Cunning Little Vixen (Victorian Opera) and Vixen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Pearl Fishers, La boheme, Sweeney Todd and Macbeth (West Australian Opera).
From 2014 to 2018 Stuart was General Director of New Zealand Opera where he directed Candide, Tosca, Sweeney Todd and The Mikado.
For State Opera Stuart has directed Carmen, The Cunning Little Vixen and The Mikado.