Neil

Armfield

Director

Neil Armfield is joint artistic director of Adelaide Festival and co-founder of Belvoir Theatre, Sydney, where he was artistic director for 17 years and directed over 50 productions, with particular focus on Australian Indigenous theatre and plays by Patrick White, David Hare, Ibsen, Gogol and Shakespeare.

His work in theatre includes: I’m Not Running NT; Cloudstreet NT and world tour; with Geoffrey Rush: Diary of a Madman in Russia, Australia and NYC, Exit the King in Australia and on Broadway and King Lear in Sydney; The Book of Everything in Australia and NYC; The Judas Kiss in Australia, and with Rupert Everett in UK and US; Things I Know To Be True at Belvoir; and The Secret River  Australia tour and NT.

In opera: premieres of Alan John’s Frankie and The Eighth Wonder, Graeme Koehne’s Love Burns, Brett Dean’s Bliss, Hamlet at Glyndebourne and Adelaide Festival and Le Nozze De Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Jenůfa, Katya Kabanova, The Makropulos Secret, The Cunning Little Vixen, Sweeney Todd, The Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Peter Grimes and Der Ring des Nibelungen with companies including ENO, Royal Opera House, Chicago Lyric Opera, Zurich Opera, Bregenz Festival, Opera Australia, Canadian Opera, Welsh National Opera, Washington National Opera and Houston Grand Opera.

TV includes Edens Lost (AFI Award for Best Director), The Fisherman’s Wake (ATOM Award for Best Original Production) and Coral Island.

Films include Candy (AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and AWGIE Award for Best Screenplay) and Holding the Man.

Neil has won 12 Helpmann Awards and many Sydney Theatre, Victorian Green Room and Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards. He has honorary doctorates from Sydney, Adelaide and NSW universities and was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.


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