CRAIG ILOTT is an award-winning Australian theatre director. A graduate of QUT and NIDA he started his career in Sydney’s independent theatre industry, founding his own company, Albedo Theatre, which created a number of award-winning productions including The Decameron, Dealer’s Choice and Edmond.
In 2006 Craig won a Green Room Award – Best Direction of a Musical, for the Australian production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was also awarded Best Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards. He went on to direct Love Song for Melbourne Theatre Company, The Pig Iron People for Sydney Theatre Company and The Pillowman for Company B Belvoir, which was nominated for six Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Director and Best Production.
In 2010 he was commissioned by Sydney Festival and Spiegeltent International to create Smoke & Mirrors. The production had sell-out seasons at two Sydney Festivals, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Arts Centre and the Auckland Festival. Smoke & Mirrors went on to win three Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work.
In 2012 Craig directed the highly acclaimed production of La Clique Royale for The Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival and was appointed Creative Director for Pacha Sydney @ The Ivy, the flagship Merivale Group venue, directing site specific performance and entertainment. He also co-founded Lunar Hare Productions, a company dedicated to the creation of new work. One of these works B-Girl recently had its World Premiere at the Sydney Opera House.
Other credits include La Boheme for Opera Queensland, Misanthropology and Band of Magicians for Sydney Festival, Diamonds are for Trevor for Arts Centre Melbourne, Shakespeare’s R & J and Rainbow’s End for Riverside Theatres, I Get The Music in You for Ensemble, and The Composer is Dead for Sydney Opera House.
Most recently he directed the national tour of Virgin Bride (Frontier), the international tours of Velvet (Organised Pandemonium) and Band of Magicians (including a season at the Tropicana, Las Vegas) and premiere Australian production of the Green Day musical American Idiot (Shake & Stir/QPAC).