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 has led Auckland Theatre Company as Artistic Director since July 2003. Colin 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 Auckland Theatre Company’s 2001 production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and has won Best Director at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards several times - including his production Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2002. Colin has directed twenty plays for Auckland Theatre Company. Highlights include Hatch or The Plight of the Penguins, Doubt, Disgrace, The Duchess of Malfi, Equus, Goldie, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Waiting for Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Serial Killers, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, 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.