Richard Carroll is a director, writer and producer based in Sydney. He directed an acclaimed production of Calamity Jane at Hayes Theatre Co in 2017 starring Virginia Gay, which toured to five cities in 2018-19 including a mainstage season at Belvoir and a 5-week commercial run at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre. He won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production of an Independent Musical, and was nominated for Best Director of a Musical for Calamity Jane.
Richard’s other directing work at Hayes Theatre Co includes Godspell, Monty Python’s Spamalot (followed by an Australian tour), Side Show, and Gypsy.
His production of Once debuted at Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2019, and transferred to Merrigong Theatre Co and Black Swan State Theatre Co, as well as return seasons at DTC in 2021 and 2022. He directed a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! for Black Swan State Theatre Co, and The Boy, George, a one-person show starring comedian Joel Creasey. He co-directed the new Australian work The Boomkak Panto for Belvoir, and An Act of God for Darlinghurst Theatre Co, starring Mitchell Butel.
Richard is co-creator and director of Every Musical Ever, which debuted at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Art House Wyong in 2022; and The Show Goes On starring Bernadette Robinson, which ran at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. For Neglected Musicals, he has directed presentations of Mame and Meet Me in St Louis, as well as the first incarnation of his Calamity Jane.
Other directing work includes Rewired for Sydney Festival & Hayes Theatre Co, A Night at the Speakeasy for Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and opening night variety gala concerts for Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Art House. Richard’s cabaret work includes: Everybody Loves Lucy (co-writer); Dahlesque (co-writer); ¡Hispanic Attack! (writer/director, national tour); and Don’t Bother To Knock (co-writer/director, Hayes/Adelaide Cabaret Festival).