Colin has directed for the Norwegian National Theatre and the Dutch National Theatre, as well as leading New Zealand and Australian theatre companies.
He is the only New Zealand director to be invited to present his work (Hedda Gabler) at the official Edinburgh Festival; the production played to great acclaim and also was presented at other festivals around the world.
Colin has won Best Director at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards several times. In November 2007, Colin was honoured for his artistic achievements and excellence at the eighth annual Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Awards and was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2010.
Colin directed Daughters of Heaven for Auckland Theatre Company's inaugural season in 1993. Since then he has directed more than 50 productions for the company.
Opera directing credits include Quartet (New Zealand International Arts Festival 2004), La Boheme (Wellington City Opera), The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Marriage of Figaro and The Prodigal Child for the NBR New Zealand Opera. In 2009 he remounted his production of The Italian Girl in Algiers for the Scottish Opera.