Terence O’Connell
Gender: Male


Since his graduation from NIDA’s Directors Course, Terence has staged some 150 productions in theatres, concert halls, circus tents, comedy clubs and cabaret rooms across Australia and internationally. He spent the first five years of his career as founding Artistic Director of Riverina Trucking Company, Wagga and New Moon Theatre, Far North Queensland, directing everything from Shakespeare to pop musicals.

As a freelance director, his national touring productions include Bouncers, The Rocky Horror Show, Decadence, Certified Male, Busting Out, Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story, Barmaids, Circus Oz, Motherhood-The Musical and Flying Fruit Fly Circus.

For The Production Company at Melbourne’s State Theatre, Terence has helmed They’re Playing Our Song, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game, 42nd. Street, Damn Yankees, Crazy For You, The King & I and Kismet. His recent work includes Barassi (Athenaeum Theatre), Carrie-The Musical (Chapel Off Chapel), The Kitchen Sink (Red Stitch Actors Theatre), Dreamgirls (Chapel Off Chapel) and The 39 Steps (National Tour).

Guest Director/Artist In Residence: Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts, Ballarat University Arts Academy, LaSalle College Of The Arts, Showfit@Centrestage and National Theatre Drama School directing showcases and graduation productions including Oklahoma!, 42nd Street, Into The Woods, Bat Boy-The Musical, Cabaret, Gypsy, Nine, The Conquest Of The South Pole and Top Girls.

Terence has conceived, adapted and co-written many of his own projects including Fairground Snapz, Paradise Taxì and Dizzy Spells for the legendary Last Laugh, Circus Senso (Albany Empire, London), I Only Want To Be With You-The Dusty Springfield Story (National Tour), Minefields And Miniskirts: Australian Women And The Vietnam War (Playbox/Malthouse National Tour) and Phil Scott as Lionel Bart in Reviewing The Situation (Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Hayes Theatre).

Terence is Director of Spiegelworld’s Empire (Australia, New Zealand, Japan,Canada) and his 2016 projects include Thrill Me-The Leopold & Loeb Story (Chapel Off Chapel), Around The World In 80 Days (Alex Theatre, St. Kilda) and Antarctica-A New Musical at Theatre Royal, Hobart.

In 2017, Terence writes and directs Greek Goddess: Maria Mercedes as Melina Mercouri (Gasworks, Melbourne), and directs Around The World In 80 Days and a new circus/music theatre work Carnival Of Lost Souls both of which tour nationally.