National Theatre of Wales, Artistic Director
John is the founding Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, where he has worked with a wide range of artists and partner companies to develop an award-winning mix of work in theatres and site-specific locations across the country.
For National Theatre Wales he has directed A Good Night Out in the Valleys by Alan Harris (in five Valleys Miners’ Institutes), Love Steals Us From Loneliness by Gary Owen (staged in a Bridgend rock club), The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning by Tim Price (with every show live-streamed and hyperlinked online) across Wales and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, In Water I'm Weightless by Kaite O’Reilly (at the Wales Millennium Centre and South Bank Centre) as part of the 2012 Festival, the Finale of the Cultural Olympiad, and The Opportunity of Efficiency by Alan Harris ( produced by the New National Theatre, Tokyo).
John has also worked as a theatre director in New York, London and Manchester. From 1999-2008 he was Artistic Director of Contact, Manchester.
He has published a book about art in the surveillance age, Loving Big Brother: Performance, Privacy and Surveillance Space and in 2005 was awarded the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Cultural Leadership Award.
John takes up his new role as Artistic Director for Manchester International Festival in Autumn 2015.