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Artist Biography

John Bolton

John Bolton

John Bolton trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was Director of Theatre at the Theatre Workshop, Edinburgh and co-founded Artworks, a company that specialised in large scale community shows in Scotland and Europe. He toured Ireland, the Cote D'Azur and Corsica with his solo show 'Bum's Ride' and was invited to join Welfare State International as a puppeteer, maker and actor for their show 'The Tempest' as part of the Toronto International Festival. He has toured his solo show 'Jumping Mouse' throughout the USA, Scotland and Australasia and he was subsequently invited to perform it at the Dublin Festival, New Zealand International Festival and on numerous tours over the last thirty years.

In 1991 John founded the John Bolton Theatre School, which ran until 1999. He was lecturer in Acting at the Victorian College of the Arts between 1985 and 1991 and subsequently became Head of Acting there. He has lectured at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Drama Action Centre, Sydney.

He is currently an Associate Artist at VCA. John's awards include the Kenneth Myer Medallion in 2002, the VCA Teaching Excellence Award in 2005 and two Green Room Awards. He has directed plays at The Malthouse, Theatreworks, the Festival of Dreaming, Melbourne, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne Fringe and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Belvoir Street Theatre, Gasworks, Zootango Theatre in Hobart, as well as numerous overseas productions.

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