Based in London, Wayne Harrison is a director and creative producer working internationally. As Director/CEO of Sydney Theatre Company from 1990 to 1999 he directed over 40 productions including The Normal Heart, A Little Night Music, Dead White Males, Into the Woods, Medea and Two Weeks With the Queen. From 1999 to 2002, Wayne was based in London as the Creative Director of SFX/Back Row and Clear Channel Entertainment (Europe), part of the producing team behind Gumboots, Tap Dogs, Slava’s Snowshow, Fosse and Mum’s the Word for which he has directed many productions around the world.
Wayne’s recent directing credits include Young & Jackson (45DS, Melbourne), The One Day of the Year (Finborough Theatre, London), Shellshock (Riverside Theatres, Parramatta), Letter to Larry (Theatre Nesle, Paris), For Crying Out Loud (The Grand Theatre, Ontario, Canada), Human Nature -The Motown Show (The Venetian, Las Vegas), The Choir of Man (Darwin Festival), RU4Me (Australian tour), Celebrity Autobiography and Love, Loss, and What I Wore (for the Sydney Opera House) and Sunday in the Park with George (NIDA, Sydney). Wayne has directed several productions of Alan Seymour’s The One Day of the Year, at the Finborough Theatre in London and streaming online, as part of Australia House’s (London) ANZAC Day celebrations. He also directed Louis Nowra’s Cosi at the King’s Head Theatre, London, and both of James Galea’s recent productions at the Sydney Opera House: Poof! Secrets of a Magician and James Galea’s Best Trick Ever.
Wayne has directed many productions for Spiegelworld (USA), including Absinthe, Desir, Empire (all in New York), Vegas Nocturne (Las Vegas) and Absinthe (Miami and Las Vegas). The production of Absinthe at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, which Wayne directed and co-wrote, celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2021. It was recently named “#1 Greatest show in Las Vegas History” by L. V. Weekly magazine.
Wayne was the Creative Director of the New Year’s Eve Celebrations on Sydney Harbour from 2005 to 2007, and the Director of the Closing Ceremony for the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Other credits include: Australia Plays Broadway (New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center); Justin Fleming’s Origin (Somerset House, London and the AGNSW, Sydney), directing/producing Stainless Steel Rat (Seymour Centre, Sydney), which he produced in London as Man in the Middle, Just Macbeth (Bell Shakespeare), End of the Rainbow (Sydney, Melbourne, Edinburgh), Sunset Boulevard (The Production Company, Green Room Award – Best Director) and the award-winning comedy Codgers by Don Reid which subsequently he directed as a feature film, Codgers – the Film.