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Michael Gow

The Pearlfishers

Michael Gow’s plays include the Australian classic Away, Toy Symphony, The Kid, On Top of the World, Europe, Sweet Phoebe, Live Acts on Stage, 17 (for the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain), Toy Symphony and Once in Royal David’s City.  His plays have been performed in Poland, the Czech Republic, Vietnam, Japan and all over the United States.

Michael has been Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre. He has directed for all of the major Australian theatre companies as well as Opera Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People and the Lincoln Centre’s New Visions New Voices programme.

Michael’s awards include two New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, two Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards and an AFI Award for writing the ABC miniseries Edens Lost. His most recent play Once in Royal David’s City premiered at Belvoir in 2014. In 2015 he directed a remount of his production of The Magic Flute for Opera Australia and his translation of Mother Courage and Her Children premiered at Belvoir.

In 2016, Michael directed two critically acclaimed touring productions; Voyage to the Moon (for which he also wrote the libretto) for Victorian Opera and Musica Vivia as well as The Pearlfishers for Opera Australia.

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