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. In the mid-90s, together with Hone Kouka, he led Te Roopu Whakaari , producing five original works, of which NGĀ TANGATA TOA, starring Nancy Brunning, was the highlight. He has led Auckland Theatre Company as Artistic Director since 2003.
Colin has directed 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, Oslo, the Covent Garden Festival, London and the 1991 Sydney Festival.
Colin has also won Best Director at the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards several times - including for his 2002 production of WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
His many productions for Auckland Theatre Company include: ANNE BOLEYN, MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW, LORD OF THE FLIES, AWATEA, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), CALENDAR GIRLS, ON THE UPSIDE DOWN OF THE WORLD, MARY STUART, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE POHUTUKAWA TREE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED, END OF THE RAINBOW, THE CRUCIBLE, HATCH OR THE PLIGHT OF THE PENGUINS, DOUBT, DISGRACE, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, EQUUS, GOLDIE, WAITING FOR GODOT, SERIAL KILLERS, THE SEAGULL, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD and UNCLE VANYA.
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.
Colin's past work with the NZ Festival includes premiere productions of Briar Grace Smith's HARURU MAI, Victor Rodger's RANTERSTANTRUM, Dave Armstrongs adaptation of Sia Figiel's ( check spelling) WHERE WE ONCE BELONGED, the chamber opera QUARTET, and Peter Wells' RICORDI! a large scale re-imaging of Katherine Mansfield's two great Wellington stories -PRELUDE and AT THE BAY.
Winding Up. The Master Builder. The Made. Two Ladies. The Life of Galileo. Blithe Spirit. 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.