John Owens is a Charcoalblue Partner responsible for our North American practice.

John Owens

Partner - USA

John is a Charcoalblue Partner responsible for business development and leadership of our North American practice, and the day to day operations of our Stateside studios in liaison with the UK senior Partnership. John also provides project management and consultancy in all aspects of theatre design.



After graduating from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, studying Stage Management and Technical Theatre, John went on to teach as a visiting Tutor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the Sound Design and Engineering department. He was also a visiting Tutor at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in Sound System Design.

John has spent twenty-five years working in technical theatre, mainly as a production sound engineer, sound designer and associate sound designer.

He was the co-founder of Aura Sound Design Ltd (1998 – 2004), which specialized in offering sound design and consultancy services to theatres and producers all over the world.

John takes part in a panel discussion on St Ann's Warehouse at the NATEAC conference in New York, 2016.

John presents plans for TheatreSquared at the monthly studio gathering.

Charlotte, Eric, John, Paul and Erin gather for a photo at our Christmas party in 2017.

Clemeth and John pose for a photo outside our Chicago studio.

What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?

Not one building is the same, as not one client is the same, just as the art that is made is never the same.

Have you got a stand-out theatre memory?

Sitting in the Amphitheatre at Epidavros at dusk waiting for the audience to arrive. A moment of quiet in a location where performance has taken place for 3000 years.

What qualities should a 'great performance space' have?

Welcoming and democratic.

John Owens

Supporting the industry internationally since 2004

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise: International Trade 2020 UK Theatre Tonic ITEAC Theatres Trust Theatre Communications Group
John Owens is a Charcoalblue Partner responsible for our North American practice.

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