Simon Phillips (Director) is the Director of Priscilla-Queen of the Desert, currently at the Palace Theatre on Broadway and at the Palace Theatre in London. Simon won Green Room Awards for Best Direction for Lulu (Opera Australia 2003) Proof (2002), Bombshells (2001), Company (2000); and Helpmann Awards for Best Direction of a Play for Inheritance (2004); Best Presentation for Children and Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Fish; and Best Direction of a Musical for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2006).
During the past thirty years Simon has worked as a director and dramaturge on new works, classics, musicals and operas in Australasia, Japan and Europe. In 2000 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Melbourne Theatre Company where he has directed more than twenty-five productions, while overseeing the planning and building of the Company’s new home, the MTC Theatre, and its new Headquarters in Stuart Street.
He began his long association with MTC as anAssociate Director between 1987 and 1989 and returned to the Company throughout the nineties. His work for MTC has crossed all genre boundaries and includeacclaimed productions of Ninety, Rock ’n’ Roll, The Pillowman, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Cyrano de Bergerac, Urinetown, The Visit, The Blue Room, Proof, Company, Bombshells, Man the Balloon, Great Expectations, What the Butler Saw, The Importance of Being Earnest, Serious Money, Tristram Shandy – Gent, Dreams in an Empty City, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Amy’s View and Arcadia.
Simon trained at the New Zealand Drama School and was Associate Director of the Mercury Theatre in Auckland and Artistic Director of Centrepoint Theatre, Palmerston North. In1984, he became a lecturer and director at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, and from 1990-1993 was Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia. He has also directed for Sydney TheatreCompany, Queensland Theatre Company, Western Australian Theatre Company, Opera Australia, Australian Dance Theatre, Opera NZ, Montreal’s Centaur Theatre, Hamburg Opera and on Broadway.