George Ogilvie AM



George's distinguished career began as an actor almost five decades ago with the Canberra Repertory Theatre. Since then he has established a prestigious list of credits as one of Australia's most talented and diverse directors, working across ballet, opera, theatre, television, and film.

In 1965, George returned from training, teaching and acting in England and Europe to take up the position of Associate Director with the Melbourne Theatre Company. He was with the MTC for six years directing some 23 plays while continuing his workshop training for actors. During this time he won the Melbourne Theatre Critics' Award three times for Best Director.

From 1972-1975, George was Artistic Director of the South Australian Theatre Company. He spent 12 years as part of the subsidised theatre network, becoming a freelance director working with the Australian Opera, the Australian Ballet Company and various Australian theatre companies. His teaching continued during this period with NIDA, the Eora Centre and other drama schools.

His television credits include 'The Dismissal', 'Bodyline', 'The Shiralee', 'Princess Kate', 'The Battlers', 'The Feds' and 'Blue Heelers'.

Film credits include, 'Mad Max III' with George Miller, 'Short Changed', 'A Place at the Coast' and Russell Crowe's first feature film, 'The Crossing'.

George has worked with the graduating students from VCA and with the Australian Ballet on the Sydney revival of his acclaimed production of 'Coppelia'. George worked with the Sydney Theatre Company directing Nick Enright's play 'The Man With Five Children', starring Steve Bisley and 'Proof', starring Jacqueline McKenzie and Barry Otto. George directed a stunning version of Norma for Opera Australia in 2005 and was a regular director of the hit television show 'Blue Heelers' for Network Seven.

Among other awards George has received the following prizes during his career:

  • A three year Australian Creative Artists Fellowship
  • The Byron Kennedy Memorial Award from the AFI
  • And three ‘Best Director’ Awards from the Melbourne Theatre Critics Awards

George regularly teaches and directs at NIDA and Actors Centre Australia where the development of the next generation of theatre performers is his particular passion.