Rowan Witt is an Australian film, television and theatre actor. He is best known for his roles in The Book of Mormon, She Loves Me, Into The Woods, South Pacific, Dogfight, Home and Away, Underbelly, and The Matrix.
Hilary Cole & Rowan Witt
at the 2016 Helpmann Awards
|Alma mater||Sydney Conservatorium of Music|
|Relatives||Eleanor (twin sister)|
He went to high school at the International Grammar School. His graduating artwork topped the state, and was selected to feature in the exhibition 'ArtExpress' at the NSW Art Gallery, where he was additionally awarded the Julian Ashton drawing scholarship.
Witt studied acting and music from an early age, before going on to work extensively in film and television. Several notable roles include The Matrix,Somewhere in the Darkness, Escape of the Artful Dodger, Underbelly and Home and Away. He was short-listed to the final four for the role of Harry Potter in the series of feature films and was the only Australian actor to be flown to Leavesden Studios in England to screen-test for the role.
As a classical performer Witt performed in concerts, recitals, oratorios and operas including, Opera Australia's Britten's Turn of the Screw, Puccini's Tosca, Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream and Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Witt made his musical theatre début in The Lincoln Centre's production of South Pacific at the Sydney Opera House in which he played Professor. It was directed by Bartlett Sher and starred Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Lisa McCune.
This was soon followed by Witt's breakthrough role as Jack, in the 2014 Australian production of Into The Woods, at the Melbourne Arts Centre. He garnered critical acclaim for "redefining the role", being described as "a talent to watch", "terrifically crafted" and "bringing a depth of detail to Jack beyond any performance to date".
Witt then starred in the Australian premiere of Pasek and Paul's musical, Dogfight, at the Hayes Theatre, as the Vietnam marine, Bernstein. AussieTheatre named Witt's performance a highlight of 2015, stating "Witt is the kind of actor that musical theatre needs."
Some of Witt's other lead theatre roles during this time include John Hinckley in the Australian tour of Sondheim's Assassins, Danny in Baby at the Hayes Theatre, Leaf Coneybear in William Finn's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Young Buddy in the acclaimed concert production of Sondheim's Follies - opposite Philip Quast, Debra Byrne, Lisa McCune, David Hobson and Anne Wood.
Witt starred as Elder McKinley in the Australian premiere of The Book of Mormon at The Princess Theatre in Melbourne and the Sydney Lyric Theatre in Sydney. This turn garnered him much critical praise, earning him a 2018 Sydney Theatre Award and a 2017 Helpmann Award nomination.