Colin McColl


One of New Zealand’s leading theatre directors, Colin co-founded Taki Rua Theatre in 1983 and was Artistic Director of Downstage Theatre in Wellington, 1984-1992. He joined Auckland TheatreCompany as Artistic Director in July 2003.

Colin is renowned for his innovative treatment of classic plays - particularly the works of Chekhov and Ibsen - and has directed for the Norwegian National Theatre and the Dutch National Theatre, as well as most leading New Zealand and Australian theatre companies. Colin won Best Director for ATC’s 2001 production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and repeatedly has won Best Director at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards.

For ATC Colin has directed Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Goldie, Middle Age Spread, Waiting for Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Serial Killers, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Skylight, Daughters of Heaven and Honour. Opera directing credits include Quartet (NZ International Arts Festival 2004), La Boheme (Wellington City Opera), The Marriage of Figaro and The Prodigal Child for the NBR NZ Opera