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Nationality  Australian
Role  Director
Name  Neil Armfield

Occupation  Creative director
Alma mater  University of Sydney
Education  University of Sydney
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Full Name  Neil Geoffrey Armfield
Organization  Nimrod Theatre Company State Theatre Company (SA) Queensland Theatre Company Sydney Theatre Company Seymour Group Melbourne Theatre Company Opera Australia Welsh National Opera Canadian Opera Company Zurich Opera English National Opera The Royal Opera, Covent Garden Lyric Opera of Chicago Houston Grand Opera
Parents  Len Armfield, Nita Armfield
Awards  AACTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominations  AACTA Award for Best Direction, Golden Bear
Movies  Candy, Holding the Man, Twelfth Night, The Castanet Club, Edens Lost
Similar People  Luke Davies, Tommy Murphy, Timothy Conigrave, Craig Stott, Ryan Corr

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Neil Geoffrey Armfield AO (born 22 April 1955) is an Australian director of theatre, film and opera. His homosexuality has informed much of his work.


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Born in Sydney, Armfield is the third and youngest son of Len, a factory worker at the nearby Arnott's Biscuits factory, and Nita Armfield. He was brought up in the suburb of Concord adjacent to Exile Bay. He was educated at the Homebush Boys High School and the University of Sydney, graduating in 1977, and became Co-Artistic Director of the Nimrod Theatre Company in 1979. He joined South Australia's Lighthouse Theatre before returning to Sydney in 1985, where he was involved in the purchase of Belvoir St Theatre and the formation of Company B, becoming its first Artistic Director in 1994.

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In April 2008 he was selected as a participant in the Towards a creative Australia strand of the Australia 2020 Summit. Armfield announced in 2009 that the 2010 season would be his last as Belvoir Artistic Director, but he has subsequently directed under the new Artistic Director Ralph Myers.

Company B work

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For Company B, he has directed

Opera Australia work

For Opera Australia he has directed works such as Jenůfa, The Eighth Wonder, Tristan und Isolde and Billy Budd. In 2013 he directed Opera Australia's first full-length presentation of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, in Melbourne.


Neil Armfield Neil Armfield Theatre Credits
  • 1986: Twelfth Night
  • 1991: The Castanet Club
  • 2006: Candy starring Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush
  • 2015: Holding the Man
  • Australian

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  • Officer of the Order of Australia for "... service to the arts, nationally and internationally, as a director of theatre, opera and film, and as a promoter of innovative Australian productions including Australian Indigenous drama." (January 2007)
  • Honorary Doctor of Literature at the University of Sydney (April 2006)
  • Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award for Best Director and Best Production
  • 1989, Major Award for Significant Contribution to Sydney Theatre
  • Several Green Room Awards
  • AFI Award for Best Director (Mini-series Edens Lost)
  • Several Helpmann Awards
  • Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts in Australia
  • International

  • Dublin Festival, Best Production (Cloudstreet)
  • Dora Mavor Moore Award, Canada, Best Director and Best Musical for Billy Budd
  • Barclays Best Opera Production Award (Billy Budd)
  • Jesse Kempf
  • References

    Neil Armfield Wikipedia

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