Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2011 NSW Australian of the Year Nominee

Neil Armfield AO

Town: Sydney
State: New South Wales

Theatre director

Neil Armfield is Australia’s leading theatre and opera director. He began directing plays for the Sydney University Dramatic Society while studying, and after graduation he was appointed Artistic Co-director of the Nimrod Theatre Company before working with the Lighthouse Company in Adelaide. Since 1984, Neil Armfield has been most strongly associated with the work of Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre. He was one of the original shareholders responsible for rescuing Belvoir from demolition nearly 25 years ago, and was the company’s Artistic Director for 15 years. He has also directed productions for every state theatre company in Australia. His international work includes productions for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Lyric Opera Chicago, the Zurich Opera, the Canadian Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the English National Opera, and the Bregenz Festival in Austria. He has also directed television and film, including Candy, starring Heath Ledger and Geoffrey Rush, which won an Australian Writers Guild Award. Neil has won twelve Green Room Awards for Best Director, four Sydney Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Director, and the Helpmann Award for Best Director seven times. Neil has a legacy of work that will forever remain in the hearts and minds of audiences across Australia and the world.