John’s professional debut was the UK premiere of Unsent Letters at the Orange Tree Theatre, where he recently returned to direct Stephen Jeffrey’s Mobile 4. His company, Shapeshifter, were two-time Peter Brook Empty Space Award winners - for their critically acclaimed productions of the promenade plays Lark Rise to Candleford, and for King Arthur at The Arcola Theatre. For Shapeshifter he also directed Rolf Hochhuth’s Soldiers, and a national tour of James Graham’s Huck. He has previously been a member of the National Theatre Studio Directors Programme, Associate Director of the Finborough Theatre, Staff Director for the National Theatre and remains an Associate Artist for the National Youth Theatre. Having grown up in South Oxfordshire, John arrived at his new home, The Theatre Chipping Norton in 2008, where he has directed five pantomimes, The Kreutzer Sonata, My Mother Said I Never Should, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Glass Menagerie, Alarms and Excursions and the national tours of Around the World in 80 Days and Stones in His Pockets.
Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, 20th century drama, 19th century drama