Symons is a theatre director, performer and teacher.
graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts (Theatre Directing)
in 1993. Since then he has directed many contemporary and classic
texts, including Brecht and Weills The Rise and Fall of the
City of Mahagonny, Electra, Agamemnon, Twelfth Night and Heiner
Mullers Quartet. Contemporary plays include micky.com.au
at La Mama, Off the Point at Trades Hall; multimedia pieces
Goodbye Douglas MacArthur, I Loved You and The Great Divide
; and the performance piece, Dress.
1995 he spent six months in Canada working for Catalyst Theatre.
He has worked with the MTC, Kickhouse, Melbourne Writers Theatre,
Jenny Kemp, the Victorian Youth Playwrights Conference, and Playbox
(Raw). He has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, Monash
University, the National Theatre Drama School, Victoria University
of Technology, and the School of Creative Arts. He also works as
a Clown Doctor for the Humour Foundation at the Royal Childrens
2001 he is directing The Three Interiors of Lola Strong by
Caroline Lee - a piece exploring space - both interior and exterior
- and identity, and will be directing Peter Webbs Public Dancing
as part of the Inside 01 season at Playbox.
2000 he was awarded the George Fairfax Theatre Award which will
enable him to work with Anne Bogart at the Saratoga International
Theatre Institute in New York State in 2002.