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
Two Ladies. The Life of Galileo. Blithe Spirit. Winding Up. The Master Builder. The Daylight Atheist. The Audience. Six Degrees of Separation. The Cherry Orchard. Filthy Business. Peer Gynt [recycled]. Nell Gwynn. Last Legs. Billy Elliot the Musical. Polo. To Kill a Mockingbird. The Lady Killers. A Dolls House. Rupert. Paniora. Other Desert Cities. The Good Soul of Szechuan. Anne Boleyn. Lord of the Flies. Midnight in Moscow. Awatea. In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play). A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Gift. Mary Stuart. On The Upside Down Of The World. Calendar Girls. The Importance of Being Earnest. Stepping Out. August: Osage County. The Pohutukawa Tree. The Wife Who Spoke Japanese in Her Sleep. God of Carnage. Where We Once Belonged. The Female of the Species. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Crucible. Hatch! Or The Plight of the Penguins. End of the Rainbow. Doubt. The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead. Sweet Charity. The Duchess of Malfi. Equus. Disgrace. Caligula. Goldie. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. Middle Age Spread. Waiting for Godot. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Serial Killers. Honour. Skylight. Uncle Vanya. The Seagull.