John is currently the Creative Director and CEO of TheatreWorks in St Kilda and will program his first season in 2017.

A multi-award winning Australian Director whose work has been staged extensively throughout Australia, John has directed productions for Belvoir Street, Bell Shakespeare, Parramatta Riverside, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Sydney Opera House, Sydney Theatre Company, Griffin and Opera Australia.  John’s work has been recognized with multiple nominations for Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards.

John was the Artistic Director at Barking Gecko Theatre Company from 2010, delivering his final season for the company in 2015.   In his first season as Artistic Director at Barking Gecko, John directed a stage adaptation of Shaun Tan’s children’s book THE RED TREE that premiered in 2011 and produced again for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival.  Also produced for the 2012 Perth International Arts Festival, in association with Barking Gecko, was Susie Miller’s DRIVING INTO WALLS directed by John.  Under John’s direction, Barking Gecko was nominated for five 2012 Helpmann Awards for their productions’ of THE RED TREE and DRIVING INTO WALLS, including Best Children’s Presentation for THE RED TREE.  Following the success of DRIVING INTO WALLS, the production transferred to the Parramatta Riverside Theatres and the Sydney Opera House.

In 2013 John directed HAMLET, STORM BOY and adapted and directed Wolf Erlbruch’s children’s book DUCK, DEATH AND THE TULIP for the Perth International Arts Festival. STORM BOY, a Barking Gecko/ Sydney Theatre Company co-production, was nominated for Best Young People’s Production at the 2013 Helpmann Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards. STORM BOY was also nominated for Best Production, and won Best Director at the 2014 Performing Arts WA Awards.

In 2014 John directed and designed ONEFIVEZEROSEVEN, the follow up to DRIVING INTO WALLS as an inclusion in The Perth International Arts Festival. His adaptation of Craig Silvey’s best-selling novel, JASPER JONES also premiered in August 2014 to a sell-out season and great critical acclaim.

In 2015, John’s swan-song for Barking Gecko, in conjunction with Opera Australia, was THE RABBITS adapted from the novel by John Marsden and Shaun Tan, premiering at the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival and has had a subsequent season at the Sydney Festival and QPAC in 2016. THE RABBITS was the winner of 4 awards in the 2015 Helpmann Awards – Best Presentation for Children, Best Original Score, best Costume Design and Best New Australian Work. John was also nominated for Best Production and Best Director for JASPER JONES and ONEFIVEZEROSEVEN at the 2015 Performing Arts WA Awards.

This year for Opera Australia, John was the assistant director to Matthew Barclay on the recent revival of FOR THE LOVE OF THREE ORANGES and has just completed shooting his first short film MRS MCCUTCHEON.


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