The two hour meeting is held on the first Tuesday morning of each month in Browns Bay. An invited speaker, expert in the field, informs, educates and entertains us. Our focus is Exceptional New Zealanders doing Exceptional Things in New Zealand. A wide range of current topics is covered and we are sometimes privy to information not yet released by the researchers to the public.

The second part of the meeting is provided by our U3A Special Interest Groups whose presentations have been identified as being of interest for the whole membership.  A tea break provides the opportunity for members to mix and chat.  Attendance at the main monthly meetings is optional. Members are required to attend one or more Special Interest Groups as this is where the active learning focus of the U3A philosophy occurs and long last friendships are made.

Main Meeting attendees

After working as an actor in England, Colin returned to hishomeland New Zealand to become Associate Director of Downstage Theatre inWellington forming a long association with the Theatre. In the late 1970s hemoved to Australia where he was Artistic Director in Perth and Project Directorin Sydney.

After free-lancing in theatre, opera and television locally and internationally,Colin became the Artistic Director of Auckland Theatre Company in 2003. In hiscareer as a theatre director he has produced and directed more than 50 plays.

He is the first and only New Zealand director invited to showcase a productionat the official Edinburgh Festival. His distinctly New Zealand version of Hedda Gabler played there to great acclaim in 1990. Performances followed at the Ibsen Festival, Oslo, the Covent Garden Festival, London and the 1991 Festival of Sydney. He has also directed Ibsen productions for the Norwegian andDutch National Theatre companies.

Colin has won three Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for Best Director.In addition to theatre, Colin has a passion for opera. Credits include directing Wellington City Opera’s 1988 production of “La Boheme”, the NBR New Zealand Opera’s 2002 production of “The Marriage of Figaro”, chamber opera’s “The Prodigal Son” and in 2009 he directed Rossini’s “The Italian Girl in Algiers” for Scottish Opera and the New Zealand Opera Company.

Colin received an Arts Foundation Laureate Award in 2007 and he was made an Officer of the Order of New Zealand (ONZM) in 2010 for services to theatre,film and television.

His latest achievement is the fulfilment of a dream and the fruition of the ATC’s own theatre – The Waterfront Theatre in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.

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 5 December 2017



Colin McColl ONZM


Directing – The Invisible Art

Colin McColl