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Wood, John

Director born in Montreal, Quebec in 1938, who has promoted works by Canadian playwrights. He studied at the National Theatre School of Canada, and then worked with the Manitoba Theatre Centre, where he directed The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje.

He was artistic director of the Neptune Theatre from 1974-77 before taking over the English section of the National Arts Centre theatre (1977-84).

He has directed at Theatre Calgary,Vancouver Playhouse, Festival Lennoxville, the Stratford Festival and the National Theatre School of Canada.

Among the works he has helmed are Hamlet, The Oresteia, Godspell, Henry V, The Cherry Orchard, and the premiere of the mega-musical Napoleon. He has directed two plays by Sharon Pollock: Walsh at Stratford in 1974 and at the National Arts Centre in 1983; and One Tiger to a Hill in 1990.

John Wood has also directed films for television.

He currently lives in Perth, Ontario.

Profile by Gaetan Charlebois. Additional information provided by Lindy Cooksey.

Last updated 2021-06-15