John was trained as a theatre designer at the design school of the English National Opera in London. His first job was as assistant designer for Leeds Playhouse. He then worked as a free lance designer for many northern theatres.
The old “Blue Box Theatre” at Keswick brought John to Cumbria where he established a design and build exhibition business called “Upfront”. This business went on to design and build many productions for the old theatre.
Upfront gallery is now the base for John’s studio and workshops, where he designs and builds for his puppet theatre. He also works as an artist on freelance commissions, which are usually site specific.
His theatre and exhibition experience give John the skill to work across a wide range of materials. His production management background gives him the ability to schedule a project to be ready on time and within budget.