Michael Futcher has worked over the past 25 years with many of Queensland’s major theatre companies in various capacities, including actor, director, dramaturge and writer, and, with Helen Howard, is the joint artistic director of Matrix Theatre. During this period, he has won several Matilda Awards, a Green Room Award and a Playlab Award, and been nominated for a Helpmann Award, an Awgie, and 2 Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards.
His directing credits include: for Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre: Vikram and the Vampire; for Queensland Theatre Company: Grimm Tales, Rabbit Hole, The Glass Menagerie, Oz Shorts, A Life In The Theatre (Noosa Long Weekend), Blithe Spirit (Assistant Director) and Explosions (education production); For La Boite: Walking By Apple Tree Creek, The Drowning Bride, James and Johnno, Salt and, in co-production with Matrix Theatre and the Brisbane Festival, the critically-acclaimed A Beautiful Life, which toured nationally in 2000 winning Michael Best Director at the Victorian Green Room Awards along with three other awards; For Matrix Theatre: The Wishing Well, The King and the Corpse!, 1347 and Cutting Loose. In 2009, Michael’s production of The Kursk (Matrix/Metro Independents/Critical stages) toured nationally to over 35 venues receiving a Helpmann Award nomination and 3 Matilda Awards, including Best Director. Other productions include Dirty Apple (Opera Qld/Backbone), Jane Eyre, Cymbeline, The Crucible, Three Sisters, The Duel, The Cherry Orchard, Camille (QUT), Jane Eyre (USQ) and Macbeth (Rheingold Theatre Club, London).
Michael’s writing credits, with Helen Howard, include The Wishing Well, The Drowning Bride, A Beautiful Life(Currency Press) and Citizen Jane (Playlab).
As an actor on stage Michael’s credits include: Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset, Arcadia, The School for Scandal, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Animal Farm and Three Sisters (QTC); The Mayne Inheritance, Svetlana in Slingbacks, First Asylum, As You Like It, The Zoo Story and The Kelly Dance (La Boite); Hamlet, Lunch, The Woods and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Matrix); The Elephant Man, Deathtrap, Noel Coward Revue, Duck Variations, Under Milkwood, The Architect and the Emperor of Assyria, The Shearer’s Strike, Private Lives and The Importance of Being Earnest (Tropic Line); Dracula (Fractal); Grendel (Brisbane Ensemble); The Caucasian Chalk Circle and As You Like It (Harvest Rain); All’s Well That Ends Well (Rheingold Theatre Club, London); and Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra (Performance Theatre Company, UK).
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