John Owens

John Owens

Partner - USA

Responsible for business development and day to day operations of our North American practice, John provides company leadership, project management and consultancy in all aspects of theatre design.



A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, John spent twenty-five years working in technical theatre, mainly as a sound engineer and sound designer. He was the co-founder of Aura Sound Design Ltd (1998 – 2004), which specialised in offering sound design and consultancy services to theatres and producers all over the world.

John has provided sound design for a number of high-profile productions at, amongst other places, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Donmar Warehouse as well as a number of world touring productions.

Besides leading the development of our US operations, John also guest lectures at institutions including Columbia University School of Architecture, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

John’s consultancy work includes London’s National Theatre, St Ann’s Warehouse and TheatreSquared in Arkansas, Steppenwolf, The Perelman Center at The World Trade Center and Baltimore Centerstage.

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
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