Colin McColl


Colin has directed Ibsen plays for the Norwegian National Theatre and the Dutch National Theatre, as well as leading New Zealand and Australian theatre companies, and is the only New Zealand director to be invited to present his work at the official Edinburgh Festival. His production of Hedda Gabler played there to great acclaim in 1990 and was also presented at the Ibsen Festival in Oslo, the Covent Garden Festival in London, and the 1991 Sydney Festival. Colin has also won Best Director at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards several times — including for his Circa Theatre production of A Doll’s House. In 2015 Colin directed Emily Perkin’s new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for Auckland Theatre Company. He has directed approximately 50 productions for Auckland Theatre Company. His 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. 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.