Colin McColl has directed for the Norwegian National Theatre and the Dutch National Theatre, as well as leading New Zealand and Australian theatre companies. He is the only New Zealand director to be invited to present his work (Hedda Gabler) at the official Edinburgh Festival. The production played to great acclaim and also was presented at other festivals around the world.
Colin has 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 Perkins’ new version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House for Auckland Theatre Company. Colin has directed Chekhov plays for all major New Zealand theatre companies – including The Seagull and Uncle Vanya in the earlier years of 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 Bohème (Wellington City Opera), The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Marriage of Figaro and The Prodigal Child (NBR New Zealand Opera).
In 2009, Colin 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. He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in June 2010.
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.