Richard Carroll is a director, writer and producer based in Sydney.
In 2020, Richard directs a new production of OKLAHOMA for Black Swan State Theatre Company. Richard directed an acclaimed production of CALAMITY JANE at Hayes Theatre Co, starring Virginia Gay, which toured to five cities in 2018 including sold-out mainstage seasons at Arts Centre Melbourne and Belvoir Theatre. CALAMITY JANE had a sold-out return season to Arts Centre Melbourne later that year followed by a commercial season at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre in 2019.
Richard won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production of an Independent Musical and was nominated for Best Director of a Musical for CALAMITY JANE. CALAMITY JANE received seven Green Room Award nominations including Best Direction and Best Production.
His production of SIDE SHOW was nominated for multiple awards, including three Sydney Theatre Awards. Richard is co-creator and director of THE SHOW GOES ON starring Bernadette Robinson which had its premiere at Sydney Opera House and toured to Melbourne Arts Centre.
In 2019, Richard directed smash-hit, sold-out productions of ONCE for Darlinghurst Theatre Co and SPAMALOT at Hayes Theatre Co. ONCE was nominated for four Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Production of a Mainstage Musical. SPAMALOT tours to five cities in 2020 including Canberra and Arts Centre Melbourne. Other directing work includes: THE BOY, GEORGE (starring Joel Creasey), GYPSY (Hayes Theatre Co); THE SHOW GOES ON (Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne); A NIGHT AT THE SPEAKEASY (Sydney Symphony Orchestra); and AN ACT OF GOD (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) starring and co-directed by Mitchell Butel.
Richard’s cabaret work includes: EVERYBODY LOVES LUCY (co-writer); DAHLESQUE (co-writer); ¡HISPANIC ATTACK! (writer/director, national tour); DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK (co-writer/director, Hayes/Adelaide Cabaret Festival); JULIE MADLY DEEPLY (co-creator; Australian, Canadian, UK national tours and West End season); and opening night variety gala concerts (director/writer) for Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Art House.
Richard’s producing work includes: DARLINGHURST NIGHTS and HIGH SOCIETY (Hayes Theatre Co); SPAMALOT, CALAMITY JANE and SIDE SHOW, (One-Eyed Man Productions); MIRACLE CITY and SWEET CHARITY (Luckiest Productions). Richard co-wrote and was associate producer of the documentary DAVID CAMPBELL ON BROADWAY.