Colin McColl 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. Colin has been directing for Auckland Theatre Company since its inaugural season in 1993 and has directed more than 50 productions for the Company. His opera-directing credits include: Quartet (New Zealand International Arts Festival 2004); La Bohème (Wellington City Opera); and The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Marriage of Figaro and The Prodigal Child (NBR New Zealand Opera). In 2009, he remounted his production of The Italian Girl in Algiers for the Scottish Opera. In November 2007, Colin was honoured for his artistic achievements and excellence at the eighth annual Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Awards. He was named an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2010.