Famous Theatre Directors from Australia

List of notable or famous theatre directors from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top theatre directors born in Australia and even some popular theatre directors who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian theatre directors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These theatre directors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known theatre director from Australia is included when available.

Cate Blanchett and John Noble are included on this list along with many more.

This historic theatre directors from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian theatre directors of note?" and "Who are the most famous theatre directors from Australia?" These prominent theatre directors of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian theatre directors.

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  • Arthur Shirley was an Australian actor, writer, producer and director of theatre and film. He was one of the first Australians to enjoy success as a film actor in Hollywood.
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1886-1967)
    • Birthplace: Hobart, Australia
  • Cate Blanchett
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    Catherine Elise Blanchett AC (born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actress and theatre director. One of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation, she is known for her wide range of roles across blockbusters, independent films and on the stage. She has received numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Film Awards. Blanchett's most commercially successful films include The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014), Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), the How to Train ...more
    • Age: 53
    • Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia
  • Cyril Ritchard
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    Cyril Joseph Trimnell-Ritchard (1 December 1898 – 18 December 1977), known professionally as Cyril Ritchard, was an Australian stage, screen and television actor, and director. He is probably best remembered today for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of Peter Pan. In 1945, he played Gabriele Eisenstein in Gay Rosalinda at the Palace theatre in London, a version of Strauss's Die Fledermaus by Erich Wolfgang Korngold in which he appeared with Peter Graves. The show was conducted by Richard Tauber and ran for almost a year.
    • Age: Dec. at 80 (1897-1977)
    • Birthplace: Surry Hills, Australia
  • Derek Goldby

    Derek Goldby (born 1940) is an Australian-born theatre director who has worked internationally, particularly in Canada, Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States and France.
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
  • Gale Edwards (born 14 November 1954) is an Australian theatre director, who has worked extensively throughout Australia and internationally. She has also directed for television and film.
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Australia
  • John Noble
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    John Noble (born 20 August 1948) is an Australian actor and theatre director of more than 80 plays. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Walter Bishop in the US Fox science fiction television series Fringe, and Henry Parrish in the Fox action-horror series Sleepy Hollow. His most high-profile film role was as Denethor in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He also provided the voice of the DC Comics supervillain Scarecrow in the 2015 video game Batman: Arkham Knight, where his character served as the main antagonist. In 2015, he joined the main cast of the television series Elementary as Sherlock Holmes's father. He was also cast as a doctor in the Australian TV series All ...more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Port Pirie, Australia