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. He translated Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children for Belvoir.
Michael has been Associate Director of Sydney Theatre Company and Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company. He has directed for all the major Australian theatre companies as well as Opera Australia, Australian Theatre for Young People and the Lincoln Centre Washington D.C.’s New Visions New Voices programme.
For Opera Australia he has directed Iphigenie en Tauride, The Abduction from the Seraglio and The Pearl Fishers, as well as directing OA’s touring productions of Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, for which he also wrote the English libretti. In 2016 he wrote the English libretto and directed the critically acclaimed Voyage to the Moon for Victorian Opera / Musica Viva.
Michael’s awards include two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, two Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards and an AFI Award for the ABC miniseries Edens Lost.
For Queensland Conservatorium Michael has directed productions of Hansel and Gretel in 2014 and Street Scene in 2021.