JOHN WRIGHT, Emeritus Professor, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from UBC and an MFA in directing from Stanford. His film work includes TV dramas, and docu-dramas, a feature film (THE VISITOR, starring Eric Peterson) and documentaries, most recently Children of Bach (CBC/Bravo). In 1988 he joined the faculty at UBC, chairing the graduate program in Film Production, and from 1996 to 1999 he was Head of the Department. Notable stage productions John directed at UBC included Sophocles’ ANTIGONE, his own version of The Beggar’s Opera, and Errol Durbach’s adaptation of PEER GYNT.
Motivated as always by the resonance of classic works in the modern world, John founded Blackbird Theatre in 2004, a professional company dedicated to performing the classics, and directed the inaugural production of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, followed by Pinter’s THE BIRTHDAY PARTY (with co-director Henry Woolf) and the professional premier of the Ibsen/Durbach PEER GYNT. Next season he will direct his fourth production of a Greek tragedy, Euripides’ Hecuba.