Wayne Harrison is one of Australia’s most sought after theatre directors and creative producers, working here in Australia and internationally. As Director/CEO of Sydney Theatre Company from 1990 to 1999 he directed over 40 productions including The Normal Heart, A Little Night Music, Dead White Males, Into the Woods, Medea and Two Weeks With the Queen. From 1999 to 2002, Wayne was based in London as the Creative Director of SFX/Back Row and Clear Channel Entertainment (Europe), part of the producing team behind Gumboots, Tap Dogs, Slava’s Snowshow, Fosse and Mum’s the Word for which he has directed many productions around the world. Wayne’s recent directing credits include Love, Loss and What I Wore and Celebrity Autobiography, both at the Sydney Opera House, and Annie Byron’s RU4Me, at Parramatta Riverside Theatre. In early 2012 he directed Don Reid’s new play, Biddies, and later in the year, Sunday in the Park for NIDA.
Wayne was the Creative Director of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Sydney Harbour from 2005 to 2007, and the Director of the Closing Ceremony for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. In 2014 he will open Spiegelworld’s Vegas Nocturne, having previously directed Absinthe and Empire (Spiegelworld, New York City & Las Vegas). Other directing credits include: Australia Plays Broadway concerts at Carnegie Hall 2008 and 2009, Just Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare), End of the Rainbow (Sydney, Melbourne, Edinburgh), Sunset Boulevard (The Production Company, Green Room Award – Best Director) and the award-winning comedy Codgers. His production of Mom’s Remixed for the Arts Club in Vancouver is on tour in Canada, he also produced the world premiere in Sydney of Ron Elisha’s Stainless Steel Rat, which he presented in London under the title Man in the Middle.