Richard Carroll is a director, writer and producer based in Sydney.
Richard 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 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.
In 2019 Richard directed Monty Python’s Spamalot at Hayes Theatre Co, and Once at Darlinghurst Theatre Co. He is co-creator and director of The Show Goes On starring Bernadette Robinson, at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. Richard has also directed Gypsy at Hayes Theatre Co, starring Blazey Best; and co-directed An Act of God for Darlinghurst Theatre Co starring Mitchell Butel. His 2016 production of Side Show was nominated for multiple awards, including three Sydney Theatre Awards.
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.
Associate and assistant directing work includes: Violet (winner of three Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Independent Musical) and High Society, both at the Hayes.
Richard’s producing work includes: Darlinghurst Nights and High Society (Hayes Theatre Co); Side Show and Calamity Jane (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.
Richard is a board member of In The Pipeline (Arts) Ltd, which runs Hayes Theatre Co. He is also a member of the artistic assessment panel for New Musicals Australia, and the cabaret panel for the Helpmann Awards.