Chris Bendall



Chris is an award-winning director, dramaturg and creative producer, with experience working professionally in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth. He has worked as a director on over 50 productions over the past 15 years, winning two WA Equity Awards for Best Director as well as a nomination for a Victorian Green Room Award.

He is currently CEO of Critical Stages, touring independent theatre around Australia. He is also on the theatre panel for the Helpmann Awards and the management committee of Theatre Network New South Wales. Previously, he was Artistic Director of Deckchair Theatre in Fremantle (2008-2012), and prior to that he was Artistic Director of Theatre @ Risk in Melbourne (2001-2007). Recently, Chris was the Resident Director on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels The Musical, and he has also worked for Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company. He has been awarded the Queen’s Trust Australia & Foundation for Young Australians Centenary Grant and the George Fairfax Memorial Award for Theatre.